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Fall Fiction Preview 2019: The season’s hottest debut novels

These first-time novelists are already poised to fire up the bestseller lists this fall.

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Holding On To Nothing by Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne

Lucy Kilgore is hell-bent on getting out of her rural Tennessee hometown – until an unplanned pregnancy leaves her bound to a hard-drinking bluegrass musician in a shotgun marriage. Debut author Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne is a former editor at The Atlantic who completed Holding On To Nothing in Grub Street’s well-known “Novel Incubator” program.

Booklist calls the book “riveting, touching, heart-wrenching, tragic, and beautiful.”

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