Authors’ debut novels are their first opportunities to make impacts on readers. Did these writers succeed? Borrow a first novel from the Lititz Public Library.
The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
Two southern girls become instant best friends at their prestigious east coast college and later become a semi-famous filmmaking duo, drawing upon their pasts to make intimate animated movies.
The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews
In 1939, having stolen a small fortune from the IRA, two Irish brothers head for New York City where they meet jazz musicians, a fragile heiress, a vengeful mob boss and the ghosts of their own family’s revolutionary past.
The Misfortune of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton
A wife and mother, who has embezzled thousands from her children’s private school, flees and leaves her family to face the baffled police and the irate school board.
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
A heartbroken man who can’t find seem to find his place in an idealistic, techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks and moon bases, escapes in a time-machine and becomes stranded in a messy alternate universe.
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
In 1987, a fourteen-year-old computer nerd and his friends hatch a plan to obtain a Vanna White Playboy magazine but things do not go as expected.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
After witnessing her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer, a girl’s life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what actually happened.
Our Little Racket by Angelica Baker
When an investment bank is shuttered, five women in the CEO’s life must scramble to negotiate power on their own terms and ask themselves if anything is worth saving.
The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy
In the summer of 1939, a fourteen-year-old Dutch boy and his older brother enjoy prosperous lives but when their father naively sends them to a Hitler Youth Camp in an effort to secure German business, their world is thrown into chaos.
The Blind by A.F. Brady
An accomplished Manhattan psychologist is pulled into the twisted past of a patient no other therapist is willing to treat.
White Bodies by Jane Robins
Worried about the domineering psychological hold her brother-in-law holds over her twin sister, a woman joins an Internet support group for victims of abuse and their friends.
The Trick by Emanuel Bergmann
A boy believes magic can bring his estranged parents back together before they divorce so he seeks out a magician known as the Great Zabbatini, once a world-renowned performer who faced Hitler’s concentration camps.
The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy
Returning home after her divorce, a librarian is determined to reclaim her independence, but with the threatened closure of the local library, she finds herself leading a battle to heal the community.
Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak
A family holiday reunion turns into a forced medical quarantine, seven days together and cut off from the rest of humanity.
Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner
A couple’s idyllic life of wealth and status is threatened when the new owners of the penthouse above them begins construction and an unstable stranger penetrates the security of their comfortable lives.
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
A talented con woman on the streets of 18th century Cairo accidently summons a sly, mysterious djinn warrior who spins an extraordinary tale of the legendary city of brass.
Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
A man and his new wife decide to establish a friendship with his first wife to aid their marriage and help raise a child with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
In 1746, a young stranger arrives in colonial New York with a check for a huge amount of cash but he refuses to explain what he plans to do that requires so much money.
February 2, 2018