Updated: May 29
First time authors often struggle to make a mark in the literary world. However, there are some exceptional debut novels that have captured readers' hearts and minds. Here are some of the best books by first time authors, regardless of genre.
1. "The Girl with the Louding Voice" by Abi Daré
This novel follows the story of Adunni, a 14-year-old girl from a small Nigerian village who dreams of getting an education. However, her dreams are shattered when she is sold into marriage by her father. Adunni's journey is both heartbreaking and inspiring, and Abi Daré's writing is both powerful and poignant.
2. "The Water Dancer" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ta-Nehisi Coates is known for his nonfiction writing, but "The Water Dancer" is his first novel. The story follows Hiram Walker, a slave who has a mysterious power that allows him to transport people through space and time. Coates' writing is lyrical and evocative, and his storytelling is both captivating and thought-provoking.
3. "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This novel follows the story of Evelyn Hugo, a Hollywood icon who is finally ready to tell the truth about her life and loves. Taylor Jenkins Reid's writing is both witty and insightful, and her characters are complex and well-developed. "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" is a must-read for anyone who loves a good Hollywood romance.
4. "The Immortalists" by Chloe Benjamin
"The Immortalists" is a novel that explores the question of what it means to live and die. The story follows four siblings who visit a fortune teller who predicts the dates of their deaths. Chloe Benjamin's writing is both lyrical and haunting, and her characters are unforgettable.
5. "The Silent Patient" by Alex Michaelides
"The Silent Patient" is a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The story follows Alicia Berenson, a famous painter who has been convicted of murdering her husband. However, she has not spoken a word since the crime. Alex Michaelides' writing is both gripping and suspenseful, and his characters are complex and intriguing.
These are just a few of the best books by first time authors, regardless of genre. These authors have proven that they have the talent and skill to captivate readers and leave a lasting impression.