Debut Fiction


Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler. Sharing a childhood in small-town Wisconsin before going their separate ways with careers and families, Hank, Leland, Kip, and Ronny are reunited during a visit marked by culture clashes and a woman who inspires passion in each of them.

Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh. Treated like an outsider by Ozark Mountain neighbors who regard her mother’s disappearance years earlier with suspicion, 16-year-old Lucy is further haunted by a friend’s murder, which compels her to investigate family secrets and sacrifices.

Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger. A romantic comedy told through emails, letters, transcripts and articles follows a lively divorce through the eyes of cynical young law associate Sophie Diehl, who represents a humiliated woman throughout a separation from an ambitious doctor husband.


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