Debut Authors of 2020 will have your quarantine going by ultra-fast.
An authors debut novel is a huge achievement. Many of these debut authors of 2020 aren’t receiving the love they deserve because of COVID-19. At the same time, being in lockdown is giving us a chance to catch up on so fun reading. I’ve complied 8 debut authors to help the time go by a wee bit easier.
Maggie embarks on a road trip, determined to hand-deliver the letters and find out what these men meant to her mother. Maggie quickly discovers Iris’s second, hidden life, which shatters everything Maggie thought she knew about her parents’ perfect relationship. What is she supposed to tell her father and brother?
Beth DeWitt, one of River Bend’s only black daughters, now a mother of two who’d planned to raise her own children anywhere else–their paths collide under Beth’s father’s roof. As one town struggles to contain all of their love affairs and secrets, a local scandal forces Beth to confront her own devastating past.
Lauren develops an unusually close friendship with Siri, one of her college writing students. She’s wary, but agrees to go home to Sweden with her over the break and ends up falling for Siri’s brother. Siri’s jealousy and Lauren’s vulnerability create the perfect storm.Revenge is swift, but the regret could last forever.
Just a few more debut authors of 2020 to go…
Big Burr, Kansas is the kind of place where everyone seems to know everyone—or so they think. But when a national nonprofit labels Big Burr “the most homophobic town in the U.S.” and sends in a queer task force to live and work there for two years, no one is prepared for what will ensue.
After Lena Johnson’s grandmother dies, she takes a new job: testing experimental drugs for both normal medical conditions as well as for erasing bad thoughts. When she gets in over her head, she’s faced with a choice: quit the experiments and let her family be destroyed by debt, or keep working even as the experiments get more dangerous.
An estranged couple’s once passionate marriage has seriously deteriorated, and after four years of misery their frustrations boil over into an ever-escalating game of fake injuries and illnesses — all to manipulate and annoy each other. But the more they raise the stakes, the more they realize their hearts might still be in the game too.
Combining Latinx culture and mythology with a trans boy’s coming-of-age story. Determined to prove himself to his traditional family, Yadriel tries to summon the ghost of his dead cousin to help set it free. He instead summons Julian, the ghost of his school’s “bad boy,” forcing the two to go on a quest together — and maybe learn some things about each other along the way.
Adunni, a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl, knows what she wants: an education. This, says her mother, is the only way to get a “louding voice”—the ability to speak for herself and decide her future. When her father sells her to be the wife of a local man, she runs away, and while misfortunes muffle her voice for a time, they cannot mute it.
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