The Season’s Hottest Debut Novels

Over the last few months, a new class of bright voices has arrived in bookstores. And now’s the perfect time to catch up on these rising literary stars.

Below you’ll find 20 debut novels—both adult fiction and YA—that hit bookshelves from May to August, capturing the attention of our readers. From a young girl who tries to escape an abusive survivalist father (My Absolute Darling), to a riveting tale of Lizzie Borden (See What I Have Done), to the aftermath of a teen’s murder (Girl in Snow), these books will take you from summer to fall.

You can also read our exclusive interviews with a few of these new authors, including What We Lose’s Zinzi Clemmons, My Absolute Darling’s Gabriel Tallent, Stay With Me’s Ayobami Adebayo, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore’s Matthew Sullivan, and The Leavers’ Lisa Ko.

Be sure to add these intriguing books to your Want to Read shelf, and let us know what debut novels you’ve recently discovered.

Debut Fiction

Goodbye, Vitamin

What We Lose

See What I Have Done

My Absolute Darling

Stay with Me

Girl in Snow

The Windfall

Sour Heart

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore


The Leavers

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Debut YA Fiction

Wicked Like a Wildfire

Daughter of the Burning City

Words on Bathroom Walls

The Color Project

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

One of Us Is Lying

When Dimple Met Rishi

Royal Bastards

Have you discovered a great debut recently? Share it with us in the comments!

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posted by Cybil
on August, 22