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The hottest fall 2018 fiction from debut authors

These first-time authors are making a huge splash with their debut novels.


The Sisters of the Winter Wood

The sisters in Rena Rossner’s ambitious debut are alternating narrators Laya and Liba, who live in the forests between Moldova and Ukraine. But their family carries a secret: Eventually, Laya will inherit the ability to turn into a swan, and Liba, a bear. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly writes “Rossner’s fairy tale is creepy and moving by turn, full of heart, history, and enchantment.” As an author, Rossner is no stranger to the publishing industry: She works as a literary and foreign rights agent in Israel.

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