As the year draws to a close, the literary world prepares to welcome a new wave of debut authors and their compelling stories. In this blog, we look at the “10 Most Anticipated debut Books of December 2023” set to make their mark in the final month. From mesmerizing fantasies to thought-provoking literary fiction, these new voices promise to captivate readers and leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape. Join us as we explore the literary gems that December has in store, offering fresh perspectives and imaginative narratives that will resonate with book enthusiasts everywhere.
Most Anticipated debut Books of December 2023
This Spells Love (Kate Robb)
In this witty and whimsical debut, Gemma faces heartbreak after a breakup and decides to cast a spell to erase her ex from her past. With the help of her sister, quirky aunt, and best friend, Dax, they perform a love-cleansing spell that includes a platonic kiss between Gemma and Dax. The spell works, but it goes beyond erasing her ex from her memory—it alters her entire reality.
Gemma wakes up to a life where she never dated her ex, and Dax doesn’t recognize her. To reverse the spell, she must convince Dax to kiss her, but as she spends time with him, she starts falling for her best friend. Gemma is faced with a choice: return to her old life or explore the possibility that Dax was The One all along.
Dirtbag: Essays (Amber A’Lee Frost)
Amber A’Lee Frost, a working-class activist and member of the Democratic Socialists of America, chronicles the millennial socialist movement from Occupy Wall Street to the Bernie Sanders campaign in her debut book, “Dirtbag.” Frost, a writer, activist, and cohost of the Chapo Trap House podcast, offers insights into the victories and failures of the socialist movement.
Her memoir captures the electric atmosphere of the time, filled with triumphs, setbacks, friendships, and rivalries. Frost’s relentless campaigning for socialism and the labor movement takes her from the American Midwest to the British rust belt, all while advocating for the cause of workers. “Dirtbag” is a candid and humorous account of a movement with the potential to reshape the world.
The Curse of Penryth Hall (Jess Armstrong)
In the atmospheric gothic mystery “The Curse of Penryth Hall,” Ruby Vaughn, an American heiress, runs a rare bookstore in Exeter. Her delivery of books to a Cornish folk healer brings her back to a place she vowed never to return. Penryth Hall, a foreboding fortress, is now inhabited by her dear friend Tamsyn and her husband, Sir Edward Chenowyth.
When Edward meets a gruesome end, rumors of a curse resurface. Ruby, skeptical of curses, must work with Ruan Kivell, a local believed to have the power to break the curse, to uncover the truth behind the orchard’s haunting events and protect Tamsyn.
That’s Not My Name (Megan Lally)
In a gripping debut thriller, a teen wakes up on a dirt road with no memory of who she is. Taken to the police station, she meets a frantic man claiming to be her father. He has her identification and family photos, but she can’t remember anything. Is her name really Mary?
Meanwhile, Drew and Lola’s argument takes a dark turn when Lola disappears, and Drew becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance. With time running out and the town convinced of his guilt, Drew must find Lola to prove his innocence and ensure her safety. As the days pass, the danger intensifies, and their lives hang in the balance.
Airplane Mode (Shahnaz Habib)
Shahnaz Habib’s debut takes you on a thought-provoking journey that questions the very essence of joyous travel in a world marked by the legacies of colonialism, capitalism, and climate change. The intriguing world of “Airplane Mode,” is a captivating exploration of travel from a postcolonial, person-of-color perspective.
With playful analyses of travel artifacts and a subversive history of wanderlust, this book redefines what it means to be a traveler and challenges conventional narratives. Join the author as she unravels the complexities of travel, offering a unique and engaging perspective that will leave you pondering the true essence of exploration and adventure.
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