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36 Breakout Debuts of 2021 (So Far)

"Full confession: We love a great debut novel! There's nothing like watching an author launch their first novel into the world and seeing them find their brand-new fans. And for us bookworms, falling for a first-time author can start a very long reading relationship.
We wanted to find the most popular new debuts of the first half of 2021, so we peeked into our data to find the first books that had the most Want to Read adds from your fellow readers and an average rating of at least 3.5 stars. Oh, also, for this list we are defining a debut as a writer's first novel-length work of fiction."
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The Lost Apothecary (Sarah Penner)
The Lost Apothecary (Sarah Penner)
2
The Push (Ashley Audrain)
The Push (Ashley Audrain)
3
The Gilded Ones (Namina Forna)
The Gilded Ones (Namina Forna)
4
Of Women and Salt (Gabriela Garcia)
Of Women and Salt (Gabriela Garcia)
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5
Every Last Fear (Alex Finlay)
Every Last Fear (Alex Finlay)
6
The Prophets (Robert Jones Jr.)
The Prophets (Robert Jones Jr.)
7
The Witch's Heart (Genevieve Gornichec)
The Witch's Heart (Genevieve Gornichec)
8
Firekeeper's Daughter (Angeline Boulley)
Firekeeper's Daughter (Angeline Boulley)
9
Honey Girl (Morgan Rogers)
Honey Girl (Morgan Rogers)
10
Girl a (Abigail Dean)
Girl a (Abigail Dean)
11
Black Buck (Mateo Askaripour)
Black Buck (Mateo Askaripour)
12
Detransition, Baby (Torrey Peters)
Detransition, Baby (Torrey Peters)
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13
The Kindest Lie (Nancy Johnson)
The Kindest Lie (Nancy Johnson)
14
The Other Black Girl (Zakiya Dalila Harris)
The Other Black Girl (Zakiya Dalila Harris)
15
The Sweetness of Water (Nathan Harris)
The Sweetness of Water (Nathan Harris)
16
The Final Revival of Opal & Nev (Dawnie Walton)
The Final Revival of Opal & Nev (Dawnie Walton)
17
Who Is Maud Dixon? (Alexandra Andrews)
Who Is Maud Dixon? (Alexandra Andrews)
18
Wild Women and the Blues (Denny S. Bryce)
Wild Women and the Blues (Denny S. Bryce)
19
Arsenic and Adobo (Mia P. Manansala)
Arsenic and Adobo (Mia P. Manansala)
20
For the Wolf (Hannah Whitten)
For the Wolf (Hannah Whitten)
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21
The Wolf and the Woodsman (Ava Reid)
The Wolf and the Woodsman (Ava Reid)
22
What Comes After (Joanne Tompkins)
What Comes After (Joanne Tompkins)
23
Ariadne (Jennifer Saint)
Ariadne (Jennifer Saint)
24
Winter's Orbit (Everina Maxwell)
Winter's Orbit (Everina Maxwell)
25
Other People's Children (R. J. Hoffmann)
Other People's Children (R. J. Hoffmann)
26
Meet Me in Another Life (Catriona Silvey)
Meet Me in Another Life (Catriona Silvey)
27
How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps (Cherie Jones)
How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps (Cherie Jones)
28
The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot (Marianne Cronin)
The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot (Marianne Cronin)
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29
Dial a for Aunties (Jesse Q. Sutanto)
Dial a for Aunties (Jesse Q. Sutanto)
30
The Portrait of a Mirror (A.Natasha Joukovsky)
The Portrait of a Mirror (A.Natasha Joukovsky)
31
Becoming Leidah (Michelle Grierson)
Becoming Leidah (Michelle Grierson)
32
Gold Diggers (Sanjena Sathian)
Gold Diggers (Sanjena Sathian)
33
Caul Baby (Morgan Jerkins)
Caul Baby (Morgan Jerkins)
34
Things We Lost to the Water (Eric Nguyen)
Things We Lost to the Water (Eric Nguyen)
35
The Five Wounds (Kirstin Valdez Quade)
The Five Wounds (Kirstin Valdez Quade)
36
Dead Dead Girls (Nekesa AFIa)
Dead Dead Girls (Nekesa AFIa)
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