9 Authors And Their Books Debuting In August

New month, new stories to explore! Whip out your TBR list and check out these debut authors and their upcoming novels!

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With every passing month comes a new set of books for us to dig into! There are unexplored worlds to enter and lessons that can be learned. August has brought a slew of releases, but perhaps some of the most exciting are by authors that are making their literary debut. No matter the genre, it is refreshing to hear new voices and stories! To celebrate and support debut writers, we’ve gathered nine fiction novels coming out in August.

The Book Eaters

by Sunyi Dean

(August 2, 2022)

The Book Eaters
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Born in America and raised in Hong Kong, Sunyi Dean is an autistic author specializing in fantasy fiction. She has short stories featured in collections such as The Best of British Scifi Anthology, Prole, and many others. Dean’s debut novel, The Book Eaters, centers around Devon and her son, who feast on books and retain their content after consuming them. Devon soon discovers that her son has a unique craving: human minds.

How To Date A Superhero (And Not Die Trying)

by Cristina Fernandez

(August 2, 2022)

How To Date A Superhero (And Not Die Trying)
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Cristina Fernandez was born and raised in Queens, New York. She is a recent graduate from John Hopkins University, studying creative writing, film, and media. According to her Twitter, she’s “in crisis.” Coincidentally, so is Astrid, the protagonist in Fernandez’s debut novel. Nothing can break Astrid’s solid plan for entering college—except maybe discovering her boyfriend is a superhero. She must learn to lead a double life as a premed student and super girlfriend.

Dauntless

by Elisa A. Bonnin

(August 2, 2022)

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From being born and raised in the Philippines, to studying chemistry and oceanography in the U.S, to working as a scientist in Germany, Elisa A. Bonnin has collected her fair share of hobbies. Her true love has always been writing; her debut novel is a prime example of this affection. Dauntless follows Seri, an assistant to a legendary commander who protects the nation from the beasts. But when Seri meets Tsana, a stranger who communicates with the creatures, they must find a way to save their worlds and restore peace.

The Rabbit Hutch

by Tess Gunty

(August 2, 2022)

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Tess Gunty was a Lillian Vernon Fellow at NYU, where she received an MFA in Creative Writing. Now based in L.A., Gunty has released her debut novel and plans to release her second book, Honeydew, in 2023. The Rabbit Hutch follows Blandine and three other teens who have aged out of the foster-care system and are living together in a run-down apartment building in post-industrial Indiana. Blandine has seen the town’s demise first-hand, but what will they do to save it and themselves?

A Map for the Missing

by Belinda Huijuan Tang

(August 9, 2022)

A Map For The Missing
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Belinda Huijuan Tang, a graduate and Truman Capote Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is a writer from San Jose, California. Before her fellowship, she studied at Peking University in Beijing for two years. In Tang’s breakout novel, a young man named Tang Yitian receives a call from his mother in China saying that his father is missing. After reuniting with an old friend, the two set out to uncover the truth about Yitian’s father’s whereabouts and his complex past.

The Making of Her

by Bernadette Jiwa

(August 9, 2022)

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Irish Australian writer Bernadette Jiwa is making her debut this August. She began her literary journey apprenticing as a blogger and non-fiction writer in her mid-forties. Jiwa’s novel takes place in 1996 Dublin, where Joan and Martin Egan receive a life-changing letter from Emma, a daughter they gave up for adoption thirty years prior. Joan is busy juggling her guilt and trying to save her marriage and relationship with her daughter, Carmel. The two sisters also come together to repair their perceptions of their mother and family.

Cake Eater

by Allyson Dahlin

(August 9, 2022)

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Allyson Dahlin can turn anything into a story. She grew up in New York on a farm, went to school for psychology, and worked as a housekeeper at a Coopertown motel. Eventually, she worked as a counselor at an all-girls boarding school and dealt with their complex trauma. To keep herself grounded through it all was her writing. Dahlin’s debut novel is a futuristic retelling of Marie Antoinette, a social media influencer, and her hacker husband, Louis. When they prematurely become king and queen, the pair attempt to fix their reputations and kingdom. Dahlin was inspired to write the novel after visiting Versailles and seeing the relatability of Antoinette’s circumstances.

The Undead Truth Of Us

by Britney S. Lewis

(August 9, 2022)

The Undead Truth of Us
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At the age of seventeen, Kansas native Britney S. Lewis dreamed of getting her stories published. She works in Mass Communications for higher education and received her degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Lewis is also very vocal about her support of We Need Diverse Books and #BLM. In her upcoming novel, Zharie has the ability to see zombies-and they’re everywhere. When Bo moves into her building, she sees him transform into a half zombie and wonders if getting close to him will lead her closer to unveiling the truth about her mother’s death.

Kalyna the Soothsayer

by Elijah Kinch Spector

(August 30, 2022)

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Elijah Kinch Spector is a queer, Jewish writer from Brooklyn, New York. In his debut fantasy novel, Kalyna is born into a family that possesses The Gift and sells their services as soothsayers. However, Kalyna is the only member of her family without The Gift. When a spymaster asks Kalyna to prophesy, she must fake it till she makes it. But will her lies lead to the destruction of her family and home?

We hope one of these new releases catches your eye! Looking for more book recs? Check out 14 YA novels coming out in August here!

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