20 Terrific Debut Novels of 2012

 Read reviewAlif the Unseen

Alif the Unseen

G. Willow Wilson

'Driven by a hot ionic charge between higher math and Arabian myth, G. Willow Wilson conjures up a tale of literary enchantment, political change, and religious mystery.

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 Read reviewFloundering

Floundering

Romy Ash

Tom and Jordy have been living with their gran since the day their mother, Loretta, left them on her doorstep and disappeared. Now Loretta's returned, and she wants her boys back. Tom and Jordy hit the road with Loretta in her...

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The Last Thread

The Last Thread

Michael Sala

WINNER OF THE COMMONWEALTH BOOK PRIZE - PACIFIC REGION, 2013This poignant, haunting and beautiful novel retells Michael Sala's fascinating life through fiction. From his early years in the Netherlands to moving (twice)...

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 Read reviewRunning Dogs

Running Dogs

Ruby J. Murray

Jakarta, 1997, and the city is on the verge of a revolution. Even the Jordan children - Petra, Isaak, Kristina, and Paul - can feel it coming, shaking the edges of their privileged, protected expat world.

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 Read reviewThe Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans

M. L. Stedman

A boat washes up on the shore of a remote lighthouse keeper's island. It holds a dead man - and a crying baby. The only two islanders, Tom and his wife Izzy, are about to make a devastating decision. They break the rules and...

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Maria Semple

An irresistibly funny, brilliantly original coming-of-age novel

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Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Robin Sloan

Clay Jannon, twenty-six and unemployed, reads books about vampire policemen and teenage wizards. Familiar, predictable books. Books that fit neatly into a section at the bookstore. But he is about to encounter a new species of...

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Hope: A Tragedy

Hope: A Tragedy

Shalom Auslander

'A wonderful, twisted, trangressive, heartbreaking, true, and hugely funny book.' A. L. Kennedy

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 Read reviewDarkness On The Edge Of Town

Darkness On The Edge Of Town

Jessie Cole

Vincent is nearly forty years old, with little to show for his life except his precious sixteen-year-old daughter, Gemma: sensitive, insightful and wise beyond her years. When a stranger crashes her car outside Vincent and Gemma's...

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 Read reviewThe Snow Child

The Snow Child

Eowyn Ivey

Alaska, the 1920s. Jack and Mabel have staked everything on a fresh start in a remote homestead, but the wilderness is a stark place, and Mabel is haunted by the baby she lost many years before. When a little girl appears...

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 Read reviewSufficient Grace

Sufficient Grace

Amy Espeseth

Ruth and her cousin Naomi live in rural Failing, Wisconsin, part of a community of Pentecostal fundamentalists. While their families perceive constant danger in the outside world, they are blind to the destruction and devastation...

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The People of Forever are not Afraid

The People of Forever are not Afraid

Shani Boianjiu

Lea, Avishag and Yael are school friends in a small town in northern Israel. and Avishag's days are spent guarding the Egyptian border, catching smugglers and watching Sudanese refugees throw themselves on the barbed wire fence.

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