12 Most Memorable Debuts of 2013

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2013 has been a fantastic year for books. We had such a difficult time picking our top 12 debuts! So, we asked ourselves which books left the most lasting impression on us? Which ones challenged us to think and reflect? Together our review team came up with a list of the 12 most memorable debuts.

Here’s our list, in no order of importance, with comments from our review team. Click on the  cover image to read our book review or click on the title link to read additional information about each book.
 
Which one will you pick up first?

 

The Cartographer of No Man’s Land by P.S. Duffy – This is a broad, sweeping first novel set in a small fishing village off the coast of Nova Scotia. Through its well-formed characters, this story explores the fragility of families and friendships caught in the torrents and turmoil of World War I.
Read June J. McInerney’s review here.

The Other Room by Kim Triedman – This is a powerful, emotional story about two parents grieving the loss of their one-year-old daughter. Triedman, an accomplished poet, has proven herself to be quite the novelist.
Read Libby Bridges’ review here.

The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley – This is a gorgeous, enchanting tale of Evelyn Roe, a seventeen-year-old girl living in rural North Carolina in 1944 during the final months of WW II, and her discovery of an extraordinary man buried in the red clay soil of her family’s farm. With an air of otherworldliness reminiscent of Alice Munro, this impeccably written epic love story is a soulfully worthwhile read.
Read Maria Ryan’s review here.

The Last Telegram by Liz Trenow– This stark and stirring coming-of-age novel set in England during World War II amidst the silk industry explores the many facets of love as it weaves through our lives. A great read almost as luxurious as silk itself.
Read June J. McInerney’s review here.

Deadly Memories by S.D. O’Donnell – This is a character-driven mystery about a woman in search of her past and the detective working her case. It’s a thrilling, action-packed page-turner that you just have to read to fully appreciate.
Read Libby Bridges’ review here.

Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole – Creatively written as a series of letters between a mother, her daughter, and a young admirer, this is a touching, heart-rendering story by a talented and sensitive writer of forbidden love that spans the two World War eras.
Read June J. McInerney’s review here.
 
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – One of the most buzzworthy books of 2013, this dystopian thriller is about a rare clairvoyant named Paige who possesses the power to take over other people’s minds. The first book in a planned seven-book series, its film rights have already been optioned with Andy Serkis’ Imaginarium Studio.
Read Libby Bridges’ review here.
 
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo – This is a vibrantly written unique tale set in 1890s Malaysia that winds through the realms of the Chinese afterlife. Many twists and sharp plot turns lead intriguingly to a surprise ending that will haunt the reader for days.
Read June J. McInerney’s review here.
 
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight – This carefully constructed page-turner is about a mother who is determined to prove her daughter’s death was not a suicide. This would make a great book club selection as it speaks to a lot of issues faced by parents and kids today.
Read Libby Bridges’ review here.
 
Hand Me Down by Melanie Thorne – This is a story about fourteen-year-old Liz and her fight for a better life for her younger sister and herself in spite of some overwhelming challenges. It will warm your heart and have you rooting for this intuitively intelligent young woman as she manages to carve out a life filled with promise and hope.
Read Maria Ryan’s review here.
 
Grounded by Angela Correll – This “heartwarming, charming, and tender feel-good” contemporary women’s novel is about a flight attendant who reluctantly returns to her grandmother’s farm in rural Kentucky and finds not only herself but true love.
Read June J. McInerney’s review here.
 
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – Based on the true story of the last woman to be executed in Iceland, the reader knows the ending before the first word is read. This is one of those books that will stick with you, haunting you for years to come—it’s certainly made an impression on my heart.
Read Libby Bridges’ review here.
 
On behalf of everyone here at Author Exposure, we wish all of our fellow readers a joyous holiday. We appreciate your continued readership and look forward to 2014!
 


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Traci is a strategic project manager that uses mind mapping techniques and her profound love and consumption for books to help fiction authors strategize their businesses to profitability. To learn more about her, visit www.gobeyondthebinding.com

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