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Debut Books of 2020/21

I’ve become an avid fan of the Friends and Fiction podcast, mainly because its by authors I enjoy and just about always auto buy. So therefore I figure they are going to be talking about books I might enjoy. Recently they introduced us to five new authors, and their debut novels. Two of them published in 2020 and the others come out this year. So I had to take a look at them to see if they might hold promise for my reading life.

book cover In this compelling coming of age story, culture, family, friends, bullies, and lovers propel two young people to unite to guard each other in a world where love, hope, and connectedness ultimately triumph.  Published March 2020 by Mercer University Press.

And yes I think that’s a possible read I’d like to try. So adding to my TBR

book coverThis one involves a terminal cancer diagnoses for Tommy the partner of Alexis which throws them into turmoil and for their teenage daughter Cece.  Published April 7 2020. William Morrow.

Sounds a bit heavy and sad, probably heavy on tissues, so its a maybe… possible…. read.

book cover

The Kindest Lie examines the heartbreaking divide between black and white communities and plumbs the emotional depths of the struggles faced by ordinary Americans in the wake of the financial crisis. Nancy Johnson’s debut novel offers an unflinching view of motherhood in contemporary America and the never-ending quest to achieve the American Dream. Will be published Feb 2021 by William Morrow.

Could be a possible read, putting it in my TBR and might give it a try if its at the library.

book coverThis one seems to be dual time line and has to do with an apothecary who dispenses poisons to women who want to get rid of men who have wronged them. This one comes out in March by Park Row.

While not fond of dual time lines, I may look at this. Elizabeth from Silver Reviews is reading this so will certainly read her review and be informed by it. Love the cover.

book cover This one is about a brother and sister returning home after their mother dies.

But as they uncover more about Geneva’s death, shocking truths are revealed that overturn the family’s history as they know it, sending the pair on an extraordinary journey to chase a truth that will dramatically alter the course of their lives.

Could be a read I’d like, it’s Southern fiction and Susan Wiggs says it will appeal to fans of When the Crawdad Sings. I didn’t particularly like that one, but will still give it a look.


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13 thoughts on “Debut Books of 2020/21”

  1. I don’t often listen to podcasts, but I have considered it. My family just subscribed to Spotify and I was considering looking into seeing if I could find any I could listen to that way.

    The Lost Apothecary and The Kindest Lie are both books I am really looking forward to reading.

    I hope you enjoy all of these if you read them! Have a great week, Kathryn!


  2. I need to try that podcast! I’ve switched to pretty much exclusively audio books but I miss podcasts – especially bookish ones. The Sweet Taste of Muscadines looks like it could be amazing or not so much but nothing in between!


    1. I enjoy podcasts because I don’t have to be quite so alert listening to them and can put them going while doing something else. Not all book podcasts work for me, but Friends & Fiction I like because of the authors I enjoy. They have a good list of authors they are going to interview as well.


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