Don’t Miss These Top 6 Books by Debut Authors in 2019

Take a look at six of the buzzed-about books from debut authors set to hit shelves in 2019 and be prepared to discover a new favorite. From historical novels and short story collections, to thrills, chills and suspense, make it your resolution to try out fiction from a new voice in the new year.

 

The Au Pair by Emma Rous

Coming January 2019

The Au Pair by Emma Rous

Just hours after their birth, twins Seraphine and Danny’s mother threw herself from the cliffs and the au pair fled. Now an adult, Seraphine uncovers a family photograph taken on the day the twins were born. In the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is beautifully dressed, smiling serenely, and holding just one baby. Who is the child and what really happened that day? One person knows the truth, if only Seraphine can find her.

 

You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian

Coming January 2019

You Know You Want This: "Cat Person" and Other Stories by Kristen Roupenian

From the author of the notorious short story, Cat Person comes a debut collection of short fiction that is sure to inspire as much theorizing and discussion about relationships, human nature, consent and maturity as the story that launched Roupenian’s career. Includes Cat Person, naturally.

 

The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer

Coming February 2019

The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer

In 1929, Vogue model Lee Miller arrived in Paris where she immediately became immersed in the rich, radical art scene. She soon met the enigmatic Surrealist painter, Man Ray and convinced him to teach her how to take photos. What unfolds is a bohemian dream based on actual events but delving deep into the character of both artist and muse as they evolve, together and separately, over two intense decades.

 

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

Coming February 2019

 The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

Althea’s younger sisters are as stunned as the rest of the small community when she and her husband Proctor are arrested, and in a heartbeat the family goes from one of the most respected in town to utter disgrace and not even her sisters are sure exactly what happened. As Althea awaits her fate, Lillian and Viola must come together in the house they grew up in to care for their sister’s teenage daughters. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family.

 

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Coming April 2019

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

In the small town of Miracle Creek, Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine—a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic “dives” with the hopes of curing issues like autism or infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos’ small community. Who or what caused the explosion? The ensuing trial uncovers unimaginable secrets from that night, as well as tense rivalries and alliances among a group of people driven to extraordinary degrees of desperation and sacrifice.

 

The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns

Coming May 2019

The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns

In 1957 Japan, seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura becomes pregnant by an American sailor and is cast out in disgrace, forced to make unimaginable choices with consequences that will ripple across generations. Fifty years later, Tori Kovac is caring for her dying father when she finds a letter containing a shocking revelation—one that calls into question everything she understood about him, her family and herself. Setting out to learn the truth behind the letter, Tori’s journey leads her halfway around the world to a remote seaside village in Japan, where she must confront the demons of the past to pave a way for redemption.

 

 

Which of these debuts will make the top of your to-be-read list for 2019? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.

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