5 debut novelists to watch in early 2019

These impressive first-time authors are already generating a career's worth of literary buzz.

2. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh (Jan. 8)

The new year seems to be going wonderfully for debut author Sophie Mackintosh’s career: Her dystopic novel was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and she got a prize blurb from the queen of dystopian fiction herself, Margaret Atwood. (“A gripping, sinister fable!” Atwood tweeted.) Three sisters’ lives change forever when – though raised on a fenced island with a fear of males – two men and a boy show up in their territory.

“Ingenious and incendiary, The Water Cure is less a warning about the way we live now, the hazardous path society is careering down, than it is about the way we have always lived, parents and children, fathers and daughters, men and women,” writes Laura Miller in The New Yorker. “The tautness and tension of the writing are staggering,” praise the judges of the Man Booker Prize longlist.

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