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You know that feeling when you finish a book with great writing and you just want more? Then you realize that the book you just finished wasn’t the author’s first and you’re left wondering, “Where have I been?!?” Today as part of Top Ten Tuesday I’m looking at ten established authors who were new-to-me in 2017. Some I want to go back and read their earlier books, and all I’ll be keeping on my radar to see what they do next!
10 Stellar New-To-Me Authors of 2017
Naomi Alderman – Alderman is not only a writer, but also a video game designer! She is one creative lady and her latest novel, The Power was one of my top three for 2017. It won’t come as a huge surprise to anyone who’s read The Power, but Alderman is actually a protégé of the great Margaret Atwood. Their relationship in part lead to Alderman’s latest which won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2017. (my review)
Jami Attenberg – Attenberg had a couple of big hits before this year’s All Grown Up, so I’m not sure why I missed her. I actually think I tried a sample of Saint Mazie back in 2015, but wasn’t hooked. Clearly that was a mistake, because I loved her wry sense of humor in and mater-of-fact delivery in All Grown Up. It was a smart book! (my review)
John Boyne – Boyne wrote my favorite book of 2017, The Heart’s Invisible Furies, and he’s a prolific writer, so HOW have I missed him? He’s written a total of 15 novels (fifteen!), including five for young adults. The most famous might be The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, the sad WWII story that was made into a movie of the same name. I saw the movie. Does that count? (my review)
Laurie Frankel – Frankel created a warm, quirky, loving family in This Is How It Always Is. I liked them so much, I wished they were my neighbors. More importantly, she tackled the tough subject of gender identity in way that everyone can understand. I have to believe that her most recent book touched many people’s lives and educated so many others. (my review)
Claire Fuller – Last winter, many in the book blogging world were eagerly awaiting the publication of Fuller’s second novel, Swimming Lessons. They’d loved her debut, Our Endless Numbered Days, which somehow I’d managed to miss. I rectified that by reading both books within a few weeks and now I too am a Claire Fuller fan. Happily, her third novel, Bitter Orange, is set to hit the market in early 2019. (my reviews)
Mohsin Hamid – It’s no secret that I really liked Exit West last winter, but up until then I’d never heard of Mohsin Hamid. When reading a little more about him, I can see why that is. Hamid’s writing seems to be known and highly recognized for some of its more experimental elements. Normally that doesn’t appeal to me, but his use of magical realism definitely worked in Exit West. (my review)
Dennis Lehane – I am in no way surprised that I hadn’t previously read anything by Dennis Lehane. He tends to do mysteries and series, neither of which are really my thing. But, Lehane does have several stand alone books including this year’s Since We Fell which I thoroughly enjoyed. (Great narration on the audio version made it even better.) I’d like to go back and try more from Lehane. (my review)
Jardine Libaire – I was blown away by Libaire’s gorgeous writing in White Fur, constantly marking passages that I wanted to share. This was only her second novel, but her first, Here Kitty Kitty, published more than 10 years ago sounds really good and I’m adding it to my backlist books list. (my review)
Susan Perabo – I really admired the way Perabo was able to get into the heads of both the mother and daughter in The Fall of Lisa Bellow. It’s easy to appreciate an author who keeps her characters completely authentic and she certainly did that. Perabo has a short story collection and one other novel under her belt, and I, for one, hope more novels are to come. (my review)
Sara Taylor – I managed to miss Taylor’s debut, The Shore which garnered a lot of critical acclaim. After reading this summer’s The Lauras, it’s easy to see why people are buzzing about Taylor’s beautiful, insightful writing. And, her descriptions are often stunning and always spot on. The Shore is a book I need to read! (my review)
What great new-to-you authors did you find last year?
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Sarah's Book Shelves says
So…I wrote the wrong TTT category for today..haha! I did 2017 Books I Missed and I guess I’ll do New-to-Me Authors next week. Some will overlap with yours!
And The Shore is an interesting book…I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts if you ever read it.
And – didn’t realize Claire Fuller has another book coming out in 2019 -yay!
I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets things wrong! I got a Tweet from Clair Fuller that Bitter Orange is now coming out later this year!
Tanya Patrice says
The Power is on my reading list for this year – I haven’t read anything else from that author either.
I hope you like it. The Power was one of my top 3 books for 2017.
Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages says
So many good books on your list that I need to read this year. nice list. Thanks for sharing!
My TTT: http://flippingthruthepages.com/2018/01/top-ten-tuesday-11-new-authors-read-2017/
Of course and thanks for stopping by.
Ann Marie says
So many great books on this list that I haven’t gotten to. There goes the TBR…
Lisa @ Captivated Reader says
Dennis Lehane is a good writer!! I like his novels although I haven’t read many of them.
Here’s my TTT post for this week: https://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2018/01/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-new-to-me.html?showComment=1514915871093#c5665488240840941833
Monica Kim says
wow, I thought “White Fur” was Jardine Libaire’s debut novel, did not realize she’s written a novel 10 years ago. I might have to check that out. Loved her writing in “White Fur” so much.
I was also surprised. Initially, I thought it was her debut, too!
I’m glad you liked Dennis Lehane’s book this year, he’s one of my favorite authors. I forgot I wanted to read Swimming Lessons last year and never got to it so there’s one for me to try this year…also White Fur I’m super curious about. John Boyne was a new author for me this year as well as several UK authors I loved like, Jane Casey, Michael Wood, and Thomas Enger
I think you’d really like Swimming Lessons, but Fuller’s first book, Our Endless Numbered Days, was even better.
What a great category! I tend to think of debuts and go-tos for my authors, but, like you, I find an author, think they’re new only to realize they have a backlist!
I imagine you can guess my biggest ‘where have I been?’ author moment because I can’t shut up about it. Louise Penny. HOW did I not know about this woman? I just saw an interview she did about Hillary Clinton and now it’s official- I have a girl crush.
Other new-to-me authors are two of yours: John Boyne and Laurie Frankel. I’ve loved every Boyne I’ve read so far, but I tried Frankel’s Goodbye for Now and DNFed it. Her writing was still fabulous but the premise got too weird and creeped me out.
I’m not surprised to hear about your girl crush on Louise Penny, since I’ve heard you gush! I have a hard time with series, so haven’t yet been all that interested in her. Interesting about Frankel’s other book.
Jade @ Reading With Jade says
Some authors I have yet to discover myself on this list, but Claire Fuller is a favourite mine… I hope the time speeds on by for next release!
I hope you find some more wonderful new to you authors in 2018!
I too was impressed by the novel White Fur and will look for what the author writes next. I also thought the audio of Graham Norton’s book Holding was fun & new to me last year. A bit of humor about his writing — as well as Robin Sloan’s novel Sourdough. Cheers.
Cahleen Hudson says
The Power was also one of my favorites this year. Didn’t know the author was Atwood’s protege, but it makes total sense. This is How it Always Is was just sort of okay for me, and I am TRYING to wait patiently for my turn for The Heart’s Invisible Furies from the library.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies is definitely worth the wait. I’ve been recommending it to everyone.