5 New Release Books By Debut Authors
I love reading books by debut authors, like the brilliant book I read earlier this year by Kirsty Manning, (read Kirsty's top 10 tips for aspiring writers here), "The Midsummer Garden" as I find their work refreshing and often go on to become a best seller. I also like to support debut authors to give them a kick start to their careers.
It's time to grab a cup of herbal tea, (or a glass of wine), throw on some warm socks and snuggle in for an afternoon of reading.
By Karla Rae Whitaker
Sharon, ambitious but lacking confidence, arrives from rural Kentucky. Mel, brash and wildly gifted, brings her brand of hellfire from the backwaters of Florida. Both outsiders, Sharon and Mel, become fervent friends, bonding over their love of classic cartoons, their dysfunctional working-class families, and - above all - their craft- drawing. A decade later, Sharon and Mel are an award-winning animation duo, living and working in Brooklyn, and poised on the edge of even greater success after the release of their first full-length feature. But with this achievement comes self-doubt and cracks in their relationship start to form. When unexpected tragedy strikes, long-buried resentments rise to the surface, hastening a reckoning no one sees coming. Funny and heartbreaking by turn, a dazzling story of female friendship.
By Catherine McKinnon
Set on the banks of Lake Illawarra and spanning four centuries, Storyland is a unique and compelling novel of people and place - which tells, in essence, the story of Australia. Told in an unfurling narrative of interlinking stories, McKinnon weaved together the stories of Will Martin a young cabin boy in 1796. Together with the stories of four others: a desperate ex-convict, Hawker, who commits an act of terrible brutality and Lola, who in 1900 runs a dairy farm on the Illawarra with her brother and sister, when they come under suspicion for a crime they did not commit. Bel, a young girl who goes on a rafting adventure with her friends in 1998 and is unexpectedly caught up in violent events; and in 2033, Nada, who sees her world start to crumble apart. Intriguingly, all these characters are all connected - not only to the same land and water they inhabit over the decades but also by tendrils of blood, history, memory and property.
3. See What I have Done
By Sarah Schmidt
On 4 August 1892 Andrew and Abby Borden were murdered in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. During the inquest into the deaths, Lizzie Borden was arrested and charged with the killing of her father and her stepmother. Through the eyes of Lizzie's sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, the enigmatic stranger Benjamin and the beguiling Lizzie herself, we return to what happened that day in Fall River. Lizzie Borden took an axe. Or did she?' This memorable debut makes you question the truth behind one of the great mysteries, as well as exploring power, violence and the harsh realities of being a woman in late nineteenth century America.
3. Eyes Like Mine
By Sheena Kamal
4. Eyes Like Mine
By Sheena Kamal
It's late. The phone rings. The man on the other end says his daughter is missing. Your little girl. The baby you gave away over fifteen years ago. What do you do? Nora Watts isn't sure that she wants to get involved. Troubled, messed up, and with more than enough problems of her own, Nora doesn't want to revisit the past. But then she sees the photograph. A girl, a teenager, with her eyes. How can she turn her back on her? But going in search of her daughter brings Nora into contact with the past that she would rather forget, the past that she has worked hard to put behind her, but which is always there, waiting for her. Intuitive, not always likeable, and deeply flawed, Nora Watts is a new heroine for our time.
By Emily Ruskovich Chatto
One hot August day a family drives to a mountain clearing to collect birch wood. Jenny, the mother, is in charge of lopping any small limbs off the logs with a hatchet. Wade, the father, does the stacking. The two daughters, June and May, aged nine and six, drink lemonade, swat away horseflies, bicker, sing snatches of songs as they while away the time. But then something unimaginably shocking happens, an act so extreme it will scatter the family in every different direction. In a story told from multiple perspectives and in razor-sharp prose, we gradually learn more about this act, and the way its violence, love and memory reverberate through the life of every character in Idaho.