Genre: Fiction

WHAT WE SET IN MOTION: Delightful Debut

WHAT WE SET IN MOTION: Delightful Debut

What We Set in Motion (March 2016) is the award-winning debut novel by former dancer Stephanie Austin Edwards. This coming-of-age novel is a delightful read about a young woman named Nadine Carter Barnwell who braves the unknown to follow her dancing dreams, despite her father’s objections and her personal misgivings. Initially set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, I was first struck by the beautiful scenery. A resident of South Carolina, Edwards knows her setting and describes it well. Written… Read more »

PREPUB Alert: Discover Great New Writers Spring Title

PREPUB Alert: Discover Great New Writers Spring Title

I love a good family story. Throw in some dysfunction and I’m there! Reading the synopsis for Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s debut, The Nest (March 2016), I knew this was a book for me. The novel opens at a wedding where, in a drug-induced stupor, Leo Plumb leaves behind his wife Victoria and takes a waitress named Matilda with him into his car. There was a crash. Then the story fast forwards to more than a year later to the fallout… Read more »

International Sensation Debuts #1 on America’s Indie Next List

International Sensation Debuts #1 on America’s Indie Next List

“Feel-good books were ones you could put down with a smile on your face, books that made you think the world was a little crazier, stranger, and more beautiful when you looked up from them.” (151) The buzz surrounding The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (January 2016) has been building for quite some time. I first heard about this book during a conference last year discussing prepubs. A bestseller in Katarina Bivald’s home country, it is now available internationally to English… Read more »

Debut Novel Perfect for Fans of Sue Monk Kidd

Debut Novel Perfect for Fans of Sue Monk Kidd

In Tamara Valentine’s debut novel, What the Waves Know (February 2016), everything changed for Izabella Haywood when she was six. Her father, Ansel, a curious, unpredictable man, abandoned the family and Izabella is certain she is to blame. For reasons cloaked in mystery and amnesia, Izabella’s ability to speak left with her father. After her father’s disappearance, Izabella fears losing her mother yet can’t stop pushing her away. Now fourteen and beginning to show the sparks of adolescence, her mother,… Read more »

January Indie Next List Featured Debut

January Indie Next List Featured Debut

In Only Love Can Break Your Heart (January 2016), Ed Tarkington’s powerful coming-of-age novel, Richard Eskew attempts to understand the path he took to manhood. The story is beautifully constructed. We follow young Richard, then nicknamed Rocky, as a boy in southern Virginia in the late 1970s. He comes to understand the many forms a parent’s love can take, how women are complex and possibly always beyond comprehension, and how music is the Braille of life. His beloved half-brother, Paul,… Read more »