• The cover of the book McGlue

    McGlue

    Moshfegh isn’t, obviously, a debut writer anymore, but the author of the novels My Year of Rest and Relaxation and Eileen and the story collection Homesick for Another World was at one point a burgeoning novice. In 2014, Moshfegh published McGlue, a novella set in the mid-19th century in Salem, Mass., which won the Believer Book Award. Now in a new edition, fans of Moshfegh’s darkly funny and unsettling fiction can see where the contemporary master got her start.

    Out Jan. 8th

     
  • The cover of the book The Alarming Palsy of James Orr

    The Alarming Palsy of James Orr

    The story of an average man who wakes up one morning with half his face paralyzed, which slowly destroys the foundations of his life, Tom Lee’s debut novel The Alarming Palsy of James Orr is an eerie, disturbing experience.

    Out Jan. 22nd

     
  • The cover of the book We Cast a Shadow

    We Cast a Shadow

    From its tantalizing premise—in a near future Southern American city, a father considers putting his biracial son, who has a black birthmark that continues to grow, through a procedure known as demelanization, to turn him white—to its beaming, bustling lyricism, Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s We Cast a Shadow is one masterpiece of a debut.

    Out Jan. 29th

     
  • The cover of the book Golden Child

    Golden Child

    In rural Trinidad, a family struggles to survive. Clyde, the father, has never understood Paul, the odd twin to the genius Peter, and when Paul disappears one day, Clyde goes after him and faces, in the process, some horrifying predicaments and some impossible choices. A riveting story of heartbreaking power, Golden Child introduces a uniquely powerful literary voice.

    Out Jan. 29th

     
  • The cover of the book The Plotters

    The Plotters

    Un-Su Kim also isn’t a debut novelist—but! The Plotters is the Korean novelist’s English language debut, so there. Set in an alternate reality, The Plotters revolves around an assassin caught in between two criminal organizations, one of which, the Library of Dogs, features 200,000 books that nobody reads. It’s a surreal and enthralling mystery that finally brings Kim’s gifts to America readers.

    Out Jan. 29th

     
  • The cover of the book The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

    The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

    Anissa Gray may be new to fiction, but she is an experienced and award-winning journalist for CNN Worldwide, so it’s no surprise that her first novel The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, about two sisters who must take care of the children of their domineering older sister when she’s unexpectedly arrested, is powerful, truthful, moving, and beautifully complex.

    Out Feb. 19th

     
  • The cover of the book The Study of Animal Languages

    The Study of Animal Languages

    The story of a couple of married academics (the husband’s a philosophy professor; the wife’s a biolinguist) and the slow rift that emerges in their relationship The Study of Animal Languages is a wise, meditative novel. Though both of the protagonists communicate expertly in their various fields, their dialogue with each other is hopelessly inarticulate, and Stern mines this (and numerous other minutia of love and marriage) with the sure-footed eloquence of an old hand.

    Out Feb. 19th