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July 31, 2023

The 23 best debut novels of 2023 (so far)

Discover the debuts that have captured our attention with their sharp, fresh stories and bold truths.
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The Three of Us

At fewer than 200 pages, The Three of Us makes for a quick and thought-provoking read that can elicit a cringe one minute and rueful …

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Medusa’s Sisters

A gorgeously crafted retelling of Greek mythology, Medusa’s Sisters is a celebration of the many faces love can wear.

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Bellies

Nicola Dinan’s debut novel is a vulnerable, moving, riotously funny and deeply honest story about trans life, first love, art-making, friendship, grief and the hard, …

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Family Lore

Elizabeth Acevedo has laid herself bare in Family Lore as both a creator and as a person, which makes this not just her bravest book …

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The Splinter in the Sky

The Splinter in the Sky is an engrossing sci-fi novel that captures, in impressive prose, the deep discomfort of living under occupation.

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