The famous quote says: “A room without books is like a body without a soul”. Well, if you are looking to fill your rooms with books, search no more. The literary world can be quite overwhelming, as the choices and opportunities seem to be endless, however, whether you are a fierce reader or you are just starting your journey, it is worth looking at what was brought to us in the recent years. Let us introduce you to the fascinating debuts by the best newcoming female authors!
This is probably the most famous name on this list. The Irish author became very well known and vastly recognized in the world of books after her debut novel ‘Conversations with Friends’ came out. The story of two friends, Frances and Bobbi, who begin a rather complicated relationship with a married couple, while dealing with their own personal problems, was a huge international success. The book was published in 12 countries and granted Rooney to become one of the most valued authors of the recent years. After her great success of ‘Conversations with Friends’, she published another novel – ‘Normal People’. Although it wasn’t as warmly welcomed by critics as its antecedent, it was another win for Sally. Not only have it become widely popular and sold worldwide, but this year BBC Three announced the release of the series basing on the novel, under the same title. Some say that Sally’s writing might be slightly controversial, but whether you like her oeuvre or not – at the age of 29 she already has made a huge impact with her two novels and it’s definitely worth looking forward towards her future work!
Even though she has written multiple short stories, it wasn’t until the publication of her first novel, that the world has heard of Sophie Mackintosh. This British author published her debut in 2018, completely parting the readers – some thought it was a revolutionary read and some didn’t quite get on this wagon. However, it is undeniable that ‘The Water Cure’ is gripping and exquisitely written. Sophie manages to keep her own style, while providing the readers with one of the most original and fascinating plots. Her efforts didn’t remain unseen – the novel was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, one of the most prestigious awards an author can receive. Mackintosh is just spreading her wings – her second novel is to be published later this year. ‘The Blue Ticket’ will be an exited release for many, as it’s a feminist dystopia about motherhood, free will and following your instincts.
Another gripping and a rather sinister novel became a widely recognizable position last year. ‘My Sister, the Serial Killer’ has not only gathered numerous awards nominations, including Booker Prize and Women’s Prize for fiction, but has also won readers’ hearts. The literary sensation is a gripping tale of two sisters, one of whom is… a murderer. Who is the author behind this absorbing read? Oyinkan Braithwaite is the British-Nigerian writer who, up until now, was working in a publishing houses as an editor. Her dark-comic novel makes people laugh, cry and grasp for air with shock. For now, there are no news about her upcoming work, however, it’s definitely worth to look out for her next release!
After the (dark) comedy, it’s time for something a bit more serious. ‘Such a Fun Age’ sounds like it would be a light and easy read – and in a way it is. However, the author manages to take the readers to the depths of racism, privilege, class and empathy, while at the same time use the language that will be accessible for absolutely anyone. It talks about a young babysitter who, as a person of colour, becomes the victim of prejudice and racism. Kiley Reid has been writing short stories, but it wasn’t until January 2020, when she published her first novel. She has spent years working as a carer for children in wealthy homes in New York and it inspired her to write her debut book. She completed her work, while finishing graduate school. Reid managed to not only finalize the novel, but also sell the screen rights to her story before graduating. That’s what we call an inspiration!
Kate Elizabeth Russell
She managed to write one of the most controversial, but at the same time one of the most moving novels of recent years. Unravelling the story of a 15-year-old student and a sexual relationship with her teacher, Russell delves into the issues of consent, abuse and trauma. The extraordinary novel has shaken the readers and the critics; some argue that it’s one of the most brilliant literary works of our times, others – that it’s just too controversial and…not original. However, whether you like it or not, one fact is certain: this is the most explosive and thought-provoking debut one can imagine. It raises vital questions and encourages a cultural shift and transformation in our society. The book was 18 years (!) in the making, but after its vast success and the impact that it made, it’s definitely safe to say that it was worth it!
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