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Miracle Creek

Miracle Creek

Angie Kim

Both a compelling page-turner and an excavation of identity and the desire for connection, Miracle Creek is a brilliant, empathetic debut from an exciting new voice.

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Delayed Rays of a Star

Delayed Rays of a Star

Amanda Lee Koe

When a photographer captures Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong and Leni Riefenstahl in one frame at a party in Berlin in 1928, no one realizes the extent to which their lives will reflect the tumultuous decades that follow. Marlene...

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Fleishman Is in Trouble

Fleishman Is in Trouble

Taffy Brodesser-Akner

A blistering satirical novel about marriage, divorce and modern relationships, by one of the most exciting new voices in American fiction

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 Read reviewThe Travelers

The Travelers

Regina Porter

An astonishing debut novel that bears witness to the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War and the first term of Obama's presidency, The Travelers is both an intimate family portrait and a searing examination of America today.

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The Most Fun We Ever Had

The Most Fun We Ever Had

Claire Lombardo

A dazzlingly accomplished debut and an utterly immersive portrait of one family's becoming, it marks the arrival of a major new literary voice.

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What Red Was

What Red Was

Rosie Price

A startling and sophisticated novel of modern love, sexual violence and toxic inheritance from a brilliant new British voice

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Crossings

Alex Landragin

An unforgettable tour de force with echoes of Roberto Bolano, David Mitchell and Umberto Eco, Crossings is a novel in three parts, designed to be read in two different directions, spanning a hundred and fifty years and seven...

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You Will Be Safe Here

You Will Be Safe Here

Damian Barr

The brilliant debut novel from the award-winning author of Maggie & Me

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Allegra in Three Parts

Allegra in Three Parts

Suzanne Daniel

She knows her family loves her, but why can't they love each other?

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 Read reviewLittle Stones

Little Stones

Elizabeth Kuiper

Hannah lives in Zimbabwe during the reign of Robert Mugabe: it's a country of petrol queues and power cuts, food shortages and government corruption. Yet Hannah is lucky. She can afford to go to school, has never had to skip a...

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 Read reviewThis Taste for Silence

This Taste for Silence

Amanda O'Callaghan

The balance of power in a marriage shifts, with shocking consequences. An elderly woman recounts a chilling childhood memory on the family farm. A taxi driver with a missing wife reveals unexpected skills. An inherited painting...

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The Warming

The Warming

Craig Ensor

Hauntingly beautiful, The Warming depicts a nomadic existence, where love and hope are the only means of enduring a world that has turned against humanity.

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong

Brilliant, heartbreaking, tender, and highly original - poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a sweeping and shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a...

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Attraction

Ruby Porter

The present reckons with the past in Attraction, Ruby Porter's atmospheric debut novel.

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 Read reviewThe Parisian

The Parisian

Isabella Hammad

An intensely human story amidst a global conflict, The Parisian is historical fiction with a remarkable contemporary voice.

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 Read reviewThe Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

Felicity McLean

A compulsive, note-perfect debut for fans of Sharp Objects, The Virgin Suicides and Picnic at Hanging Rock

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 Read reviewThe Artist's Portrait

The Artist’s Portrait

Julie Keys

Murderer, narcissist, sexual deviant or artistic genius and a woman before her time: Who really is Muriel Kemp?

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Permission

Permission

Saskia Vogel

A raw, fresh, haunting, emotionally and sexually honest literary debut.

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Stubborn Archivist

Stubborn Archivist

Yara Rodrigues Fowler

A stunning debut from a brilliant new voice in literary fiction

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 Read reviewFusion

Fusion

Kate Richards

A haunting, compelling first novel by the author of the award-winning Madness: A Memoir.

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 Read reviewFriday Black

Friday Black

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Friday Black heralds the arrival of a thrilling new American literary star.     

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My Sister, the Serial Killer

My Sister, the Serial Killer

Oyinkan Braithwaite

A blackly comic novel about lies, love, Lagos, and how blood is thicker - and more difficult to get out of the carpet - than water.   

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 Read reviewHeart of the Grass Tree

Heart of the Grass Tree

Molly Murn

Heart of the Grass Tree is an exquisite, searing and hope-filled debut about mothers and daughters and family stories, about country and its living history.  

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 Read reviewFlames

Flames

Robbie Arnott

Two siblings traverse the southern island to try to find their way back to each other in this tale about grief and love and the bonds of family.

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Pink Mountain on Locust Island

Jamie Marina Lau

An unpredictable and innovative debut novel from a provocative new voice in Australian fiction

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 Read reviewA Superior Spectre

A Superior Spectre

Angela Meyer

A Superior Spectre is a highly accomplished debut novel about our capacity for curiosity, and our dangerous entitlement to it, and reminds us the scariest ghosts aren't those that go bump in the night, but those that are born and...

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 Read reviewBoy Swallows Universe

Boy Swallows Universe

Trent Dalton

An utterly wonderful novel of love, crime, magic, fate and coming of age, set in Brisbane's violent working class suburban fringe - from one of Australia's most exciting new writers.

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Trick of the Light

Trick of the Light

Laura Elvery

An art teacher sends four of her students on a guerrilla mission. A young runner struggles to make sense of his best friend's death. A health-food company adopts a farcical promotional strategy. A factory worker spends her days...

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The Incendiaries

The Incendiaries

R. O. Kwon

A powerful, darkly glittering novel about violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young Korean American woman at an elite American university is drawn into acts of domestic terrorism by a cult tied to North Korea.

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 Read reviewThe Ruin

The Ruin

Dervla McTiernan

The Ruin is the first in an exciting new crime series featuring DI Cormac Reilly.  

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Everything Under

Everything Under

Daisy Johnson

'Daisy Johnson is a new goddamn swaggering monster of fiction.' Lauren GroffWords are important to Gretel, always have been. She hasn't seen her mother since the age of sixteen, though - almost a lifetime ago - and those memories...

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 Read reviewAsymmetry

Asymmetry

Lisa Halliday

A major publishing event: a dazzling, provocative, hand-grenade of a novel introducing a remarkable new writer

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The Lucky Galah

Tracy Sorensen

A magnificently original debut novel about fate, Australia and what it means to be human... that just happens to be narrated by a galah called Lucky.   

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 Read reviewThe Book Of Dirt

The Book Of Dirt

Bram Presser

An extraordinary and absorbing novelisation of one family's tale of Holocaust survival and a grandson's unrelenting dedication to ensuring his ancestor's stories will never be forgotten.

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 Read reviewThe Town

The Town

Shaun Prescott

With this long-awaited and utterly unique debut novel, Shaun Prescott announces himself as a compelling new voice. The Town is magnetic, revealing the true depth of Australia: the good, the bad, and the captivatingly ugly.

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 Read reviewThere There

There There

Tommy Orange

A groundbreaking polyphonic novel, weaving together a dynamic narrative about violence and recovery, family and loss, identity and power.

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 Read reviewThe Fireflies of Autumn: And Other Tales of San Ginese

The Fireflies of Autumn: And Other Tales of San Ginese

Moreno Giovannoni

Tuscany as you have never seen it before . . .

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Wimmera

Mark Brandi

In the long, hot summer of 1989, Ben and Fab are best friends. Growing up in a small country town, they spend their days playing cricket, yabbying in local dams, wanting a pair of Nike Air Maxes and not talking about how Fab's dad...

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Freshwater

Freshwater

Akwaeke Emezi

As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves - now protective, now hedonistic - seize control of Ada, her life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction. Narrated from the perspectives of the various selves...

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Cherry

Cherry

Nico Walker

A young man is just a college freshman when he meets Emily. But soon Emily has to move home to Elba, New York, and he flunks out of school and joins the army. He and Emily try to make their long-distance marriage work, but when he...

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