Reading books by favorite authors is usually a safe bet. I have found that for the most part, if I like a few books by an author, that I will like the majority of them. So when I am an introduced to a new author, I tread very carefully. Time is precious, and I don’t want to potentially waste what time I have for reading, on a book or author that turns out to be a bad choice. That stated, here are some debut authors that impressed me, especially for a first book. Some of these authors have written just the one book, while others have introduced more. Perhaps one of them will catch your eye, and you will be adding them to your list of favorites.
Five Days Left, Julie Lawson Timmer, Two people are facing life altering events in five days time. One has Huntington’s Disease and the other is scheduled to return his foster son to his biological mom. This book really made me think about family, decisions, and illness.
The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion. A refreshing look at relationships, both platonic and romantic, The Rosie Project invites the reader to view the word from Don Tillman’s eyes. A geneticist who is brilliant in his work but very low functioning in his ability to relate to people. He has his routines and schedules, as well as exacting standards, which makes him someone others find difficult to relate to or connect with. Then he meets Rosie, under false assumptions, which establishes the base for the entire book. His approaches to any new task is very calculated, which makes him a great scientist but not such a great date or boyfriend.
Invisible City (Rebekah Roberts Novels), Julia Dahl. Rebekah was abandoned by her mother, when she was an infant. Now a college graduate, Rebekah decided to move to NYC to pursue a career as a reporter and also research her mother’s background in the Orthodox Jewish community. While learning more, she also winds up investigating a murder, and risks her own life in the process.
The Bookseller, Cynthia Swanson. (also posted in alternate realities blog). The book starts out in one life and introduces a dream world, only to have them intersect, cross over and ultimately collide. The reader does not know which world is real and which is not, until the very end. Takes place in the 1960’s, which adds another dimension to the story.
The Violets of March, Sarah Jio. From Amazon: In her twenties, Emily Wilson was on top of the world: she had a bestselling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after. Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily’s good fortune. So when her great-aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life
Shotgun Lovesongs, Nickolas Butler. About four male friends and their relationship to one another, as well as with the women in their lives. A glimpse into the male psyche. Decisions are questioned, actions are challenged, and consequences can be dire at times. Takes place in the Midwest and offers perspectives not typically considered.
Elizabeth Street, Laurie Fabiano. A historical novel. The story is based on facts, yet the author has changed some names and has had to imagine conversations that took places decades earlier. I found the story really captivating, especially in the second half of the book. Learning about Italy, certain customs, as well as the Black Hand, was extremely interesting. Takes place in NYC in the early 1900’s.