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Impressive First Novels
It's fun to try first novels. The ones listed here are very well crafted. Some are recently published from writers to watch. Others are debuts from now well-known authors.   Print this list Print this list
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Cover Art: Behind the scenes at the museum /
Behind the scenes at the museum
Atkinson, Kate
Adult Fiction ATKINSON
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Cover Art: The edible woman /
The edible woman
Atwood, Margaret Eleanor, 1939-
This is a true original.
Adult Fiction ATWOOD
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Cover Art: The little giant of Aberdeen County : a novel /
The little giant of Aberdeen County : a novel
Baker, Tiffany.
Adult Fiction BAKER
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Cover Art: Moloka'i /
Moloka'i
Brennert, Alan
Adult Fiction BRENNERT
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Cover Art: Year of wonders : a novel of the plague /
Year of wonders : a novel of the plague
Brooks, Geraldine
Adult Fiction BROOKS
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Cover Art: Tell the wolves I'm home : a novel /
Tell the wolves I'm home : a novel
Brunt, Carol Rifka
Adult Fiction BRUNT
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Cover Art: The opposite of love /
The opposite of love
Buxbaum, Julie
Adult Fiction BUXBAUM
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Cover Art: April & Oliver /
April & Oliver
Callahan, Tess
Adult Fiction CALLAHA
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Cover Art: The mysteries of Pittsburgh /
The mysteries of Pittsburgh
Chabon, Michael.
Adult Fiction CHABON
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Cover Art: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell /
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Clarke, Susanna.
Adult Fiction CLARKE
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Cover Art: The meaning of night : a confession /
The meaning of night : a confession
Cox, Michael, 1948-
Adult Fiction COX
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Cover Art: The madonnas of Leningrad /
The madonnas of Leningrad
Dean, Debra, 1957-
Adult Fiction DEAN
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Cover Art: The big love : a novel /
The big love : a novel
Dunn, Sarah
Adult Fiction DUNN
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Cover Art: Peace like a river /
Peace like a river
Enger, Leif
Adult Fiction ENGER
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Cover Art: The virgin suicides /
The virgin suicides
Eugenides, Jeffrey
Adult Fiction EUGENID
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Cover Art: Blind submission : a novel /
Blind submission : a novel
Ginsberg, Debra, 1962-
Adult Fiction GINSBERG
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Cover Art: Three Junes /
Three Junes
Glass, Julia, 1956-
Adult Fiction GLASS
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Cover Art: Memoirs of a geisha /
Memoirs of a geisha
Golden, Arthur, 1957-
Adult Fiction GOLDEN
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Cover Art: The vanishing of Katharina Linden : a novel /
The vanishing of Katharina Linden : a novel
Grant, Helen, 1964-
Adult Fiction GRANT
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Cover Art: Ordinary people /
Ordinary people
Guest, Judith.
Adult Fiction GUEST
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Cover Art: We are all fine here /
We are all fine here
Guterson, Mary.
Adult Fiction GUTERSON
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Cover Art: Tinkers /
Tinkers
Harding, Paul, 1967-
Adult Fiction HARDING
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Cover Art: Staggerford /
Staggerford
Hassler, Jon.
Adult Fiction HASSLER
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Cover Art: Girlchild /
Girlchild
Hassman, Tupelo, 1973-
Adult Fiction HASSMAN
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Cover Art: Bread alone /
Bread alone
Hendricks, Judith Ryan
Adult Fiction HENDRICKS
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Cover Art: Ursula, under : a novel /
Ursula, under : a novel
Hill, Ingrid
Adult Fiction HILL
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Cover Art: Loving Frank : a novel /
Loving Frank : a novel
Horan, Nancy
Adult Fiction
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Cover Art: The center of winter /
The center of winter
Hornbacher, Marya, 1974-
Adult Fiction HORNBACHE
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Cover Art: The kite runner /
The kite runner
Hosseini, Khaled
Don't miss this one... beautiful.
Adult Fiction
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Cover Art: Enemy women /
Enemy women
Jiles, Paulette, 1943-
Adult Fiction JILES
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Cover Art: Mudbound : a novel /
Mudbound : a novel
Jordan, Hillary, 1963-
Adult Fiction JORDAN
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Cover Art: Broken for you /
Broken for you
Kallos, Stephanie.
Adult Fiction KALLOS
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Cover Art: Being Esther : a novel /
Being Esther : a novel
Karmel, Miriam
Adult Fiction KARMEL
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Cover Art: The ha-ha : a novel /
The ha-ha : a novel
King, Dave, 1955-
Adult Fiction KING
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Cover Art: Carrie /
Carrie
King, Stephen, 1947-
Adult Fiction KING
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Cover Art: The bean trees : a novel /
The bean trees : a novel
Kingsolver, Barbara.
One of my favorite novels ever.
Adult Fiction KINGSOL
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Cover Art: She's come undone : a novel /
She's come undone : a novel
Lamb, Wally
You just can't believe a male author got a female voice so right!
Adult Fiction LAMB
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Cover Art: Patty Jane's House of Curl : a novel /
Patty Jane's House of Curl : a novel
Landvik, Lorna, 1954-
Mostly funny but one part made me burst into tears.
Adult Fiction LANDVIK
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Cover Art: To kill a mockingbird /
To kill a mockingbird
Lee, Harper
One of the best first novels ever written.
Adult Fiction LEE
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Cover Art: A man and a woman and a man : a novel /
A man and a woman and a man : a novel
Liebrecht, Savyon, 1948-
Adult Fiction LIEBRECHT
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Cover Art: Then she found me /
Then she found me
Lipman, Elinor.
Funny and moving... the movie is not so great, however.
Adult Fiction LIPMAN
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Cover Art: In the lap of the gods /
In the lap of the gods
Lovett, Li Miao
Adult Fiction LOVETT
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Cover Art: Rainlight /
Rainlight
McGhee, Alison, 1960-
Adult Fiction MCGHEE
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Cover Art: Mail /
Mail
Medwed, Mameve
Adult Fiction MEDWED
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Cover Art: The night circus : a novel /
The night circus : a novel
Morgenstern, Erin
Adult Fiction MORGENS
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Cover Art: The time traveler's wife : a novel /
The time traveler's wife : a novel
Niffenegger, Audrey
I'd never done this before; after reading the library copy I ran out to buy it! Love this book!
Adult Fiction NIFFENE
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Cover Art: Astrid & Veronika /
Astrid & Veronika
Olsson, Linda
Adult Fiction OLSSON
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Cover Art: The invisible bridge : [a novel] /
The invisible bridge : [a novel]
Orringer, Julie.
Adult Fiction ORRINGE
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Cover Art: The dive from Clausen's pier /
The dive from Clausen's pier
Packer, Ann, 1959-
Adult Fiction PACKER
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Cover Art: Strange as this weather has been : a novel /
Strange as this weather has been : a novel
Pancake, Ann
Adult Fiction PANCAKE
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Cover Art: Consumption : a novel /
Consumption : a novel
Patterson, Kevin, 1964-
Adult Fiction PATTERS
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Cover Art: Housekeeping /
Housekeeping
Robinson, Marilynne.
Adult Fiction ROBINSO
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Cover Art: The lifeboat : a novel /
The lifeboat : a novel
Rogan, Charlotte
Adult Fiction ROGAN
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Cover Art: The department of lost & found /
The department of lost & found
Scotch, Allison Winn
Adult Fiction SCOTCH
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Cover Art: The lovely bones /
The lovely bones
Sebold, Alice
Adult Fiction SEBOLD
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Cover Art: When We Get There /
When We Get There
Seliy, Shauna
Adult Fiction
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Cover Art: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society /
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Shaffer, Mary Ann
Adult Fiction SHAFFER
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Cover Art: Anywhere but here /
Anywhere but here
Simpson, Mona
Adult Fiction SIMPSON
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Cover Art: The Rosie project : [a novel] /
The Rosie project : [a novel]
Simsion, Graeme C.
Adult Fiction SIMSION
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Cover Art: Prep /
Prep
Sittenfeld, Curtis
What an original voice - I love this book.
Adult Fiction SITTENFEL
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Cover Art: A tree grows in Brooklyn /
A tree grows in Brooklyn
Smith, Betty, 1896-1972
Adult Fiction SMITH
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Cover Art: When Charlotte comes home /
When Charlotte comes home
Smith, Maureen Millea.
Adult Fiction SMITH
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Cover Art: Tomorrow there will be apricots : a novel /
Tomorrow there will be apricots : a novel
Soffer, Jessica
Adult Fiction SOFFER
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Cover Art: Torch /
Torch
Strayed, Cheryl, 1968-
Best novel about grief (yet it has its lighter moments) I have ever read.
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Cover Art: Amy and Isabelle : a novel /
Amy and Isabelle : a novel
Strout, Elizabeth.
Adult Fiction STROUT
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Cover Art: The Joy Luck Club /
The Joy Luck Club
Tan, Amy
Adult Fiction TAN
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Cover Art: The secret history /
The secret history
Tartt, Donna
Adult Fiction TARTT
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Cover Art: Juliet in August /
Juliet in August
Warren, Dianne, 1950-
Adult Fiction WARREN
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Cover Art: When God was a rabbit : a novel /
When God was a rabbit : a novel
Winman, Sarah.
Adult Fiction WINMAN
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Cover Art: Good grief /
Good grief
Winston, Lolly
Adult Fiction WINSTON
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Cover Art: The story of Edgar Sawtelle : a novel /
The story of Edgar Sawtelle : a novel
Wroblewski, David
Adult Fiction WROBLEW
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Comments
On Jul 11, 2009 at 1:16, karen edevold wrote:
thank you for including Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos...if you love Seattle, you'll probably like this book
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