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Debut fiction 2013: A top ten list

The week’s topic: top ten 2013 debut novels I would like to read. This is a hard top ten list to write. For starters, I do like to actually read the books I list, so if I include it on the list I feel like I am committing to it. It also prohibits the inclusion of my go-to authors. I’ve already read two of my anticipated 2013 debuts (Twelve Tribes of Hattie and Ashenden). However, 2013 is going to be a banner year for authors I already enjoy. Stephen King has two novels coming out, Neil Gaiman has one, Joe Hill has one (not to mention Locke and Key), Warren Ellis had one, John Sandford has two, possibly the new Donna Tartt, see what I mean – there are a lot of books to choose from. Also, I am not actually very good at keeping up with what is going to be published and when (especially is I am not familiar with the person). So, I am doubtful about my ability to make it to ten (Update: I made it to nine).

In no particular order:

1. In the House Upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell

2. Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer

3. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani

4. The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Soderberg

5. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (although an earlier publication, the movie is coming out this year and they’re re-promoting it, also the prominent blurb on the front is by Stephenie Meyer – worrisome)

6. Z by Therese Anne Fowler (and I’m not the biggest Fitzgerald fan, but this looks appealing)

7. Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche (okay, so I am sneaking a memoir in here)

8. Double Feature by Owen King (this literarily remarkable family obviously has more talent than is fair)

9. Donnybrook by Frank Bill (if you haven’t read Crimes in Southern Indiana and you like dark fiction – read it now)

So, as I only have nine, it is up to you to recommend the tenth debut novel. Suggestions?

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