An author’s debut novel is their first opportunity to make an impact on readers. Did they succeed? Borrow a first novel from the Lititz Public Library.
House Broken by Sonja Yoerg
A woman skilled at caring for animals must learn to mend the broken relationships in her family when her mother is injured in a vodka-fueled accident.
Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War by P.W. Singer and August Cole
When the US, China and Russia face off following a Pearl Harbor-style attack, veterans and teenage hackers fight with everything from robotic-drone strikes to old warships.
The Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora
Linked stories take a penetrating look at the flawed people in a pristine Connecticut suburb through tales that reveal the unseen battles played out behind drawn curtains.
In the Country by Mia Alvar
Nine stories give voice to exiles, emigrants and wanderers who uproot their families from the Philippines to begin new lives in the Middle East, the US and elsewhere.
In a Vertigo of Silence by Miriam Polli
Multi-generational novel follows the lives of women restricted by a long-held family secret.
Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich
A sheriff who escaped his mountain family’s criminal life is torn when a federal agent shows up with a plan to shut down the illegal empire by pitting brother against brother.
Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen
A housekeeper investigates when her employer’s degenerate nephew is found murdered during the annual summer costume ball.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
The daughter of a single father, who passed down his love of food, becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club.
All That Followed by Gabriel Urza
Five years after the kidnapping and murder of a young local politician, a quiet town in Spain’s northern Basque Country wonders if the man behind bars is the only one to blame.
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
A young woman is determined to create the perfect life until a violent incident from her past threatens to unravel everything and expose her most shocking secret.
Doing It at the Dixie Dew by Ruth Moose
A woman’s attempt to turn an old Southern mansion into a bed and breakfast is thwarted when her first guest is found dead in bed.
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
In an apocalyptic, near-future world, a mother and her two small children must make their way down a river, blindfolded.
Ice Shear by M.P. Cooley
A widowed FBI agent, who returns to her rust-belt hometown to take a job with the local police department, discovers a body in the frozen river and uncovers a maze of politics and crimes that leads to a motorcycle gang.
A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray
A tragedy pulls apart the six members of a close-knit family.
Mating for Life by Marissa Stapley
At sixty, a former folk singer and feminist wild-child who raised her three daughters on her own fears losing the new, traditional man in her life.
Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile
When an African-American woman unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana, she and her eleven-year-old daughter leave Los Angeles for a chance to start over.
November 13, 2015