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Suicide Club: A Novel About Living by Rachel Heng
This debut novel about a future in which people can live forever is a bittersweet yet life-affirming story of eternity versus death
"...Kirino, a "lifer" and the protagonist of Rachel Heng's debut dystopian novel, Suicide Club: A Novel About Living...."

Oct. 12, 2018 Arts Review by M. Brianna Stallings

Queer Lit: Gina Marie Guadagnino’s Debut Combines Lesbian Romance and Historical Fiction
The Parting Glass makes for an engaging, at times cheesy, read
"...with some hesitance that I approached Gina Marie Guadagnino’s debut novel, The Parting Glass, a sapphic take on historical..."

March 4, 2019 Qmmunity Post by Mikaila Rushing

Wildfire
Vivid imagery and a rapid pace make this debut novel about wildland firefighters fun as hell to read
"...promise of regrowth. Released in October 2014, Wildfire, the debut novel by Austin native Mary Pauline Lowry, is, on..."

July 24, 2015 Arts Feature by Jessi Cape

Good as Gone: A Novel of Suspense
Amy Gentry's page-turning thriller is set apart by its realistic and empathetic portrayal of abuse victims and their families
"...Like Jennifer Dubois, who based her successful 2014 novel Cartwheel not so loosely on the Amanda Knox story,..."

July 22, 2016 Arts Feature by Jessi Cape

A Novel Approach
Playing with the narrative of In Stereo
"...In his debut feature, In Stereo, opening Friday, July 3, writer/director and..."

July 3, 2015 Screens Feature by Caitlin Moore

Do I Stay or Do I Go?
In her debut novel Migratory Animals, Austin author Mary Helen Specht explores the push and pull of place
"...remarkable story that crosses the East-West hemispheric divide. Her debut novel Migratory Animals (Harper Perennial, 320pp., $14.99) explores the..."

Jan. 16, 2015 Arts Feature by Jessi Cape

Strange Magic
Andrew Porter talks about his debut novel, 'In Between Days,' and his mysterious creative process
"...His debut novel In Between Days (Knopf) is deep, dark stuff,..."

Sept. 7, 2012 Books Feature by Roberto Ontiveros

Brick Lane
Brick Lane shows us the life of a Bangladeshi woman, who moves to London to marry a man she's never met, keep house, raise a family, and eventually act on her squelched yearnings.
"...whole lot of information. Adapted from Monica Ali’s acclaimed debut novel, Gavron’s film is a primer on race relations..."

July 18, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Snow Angels
Filmmaker David Gordon Green guides his cast, headed by Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale, through a fumbling world of nursed grudges and blown opportunities.
"...Noonan. Midway through writer/director Green’s adaptation of Stewart O’Nan’s debut novel, high school freshman Arthur Parkinson (Angarano) – floppy-haired..."

April 4, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

The Devil's Backbone
Bill Wittliff's debut novel is a picaresque tale with a "Lucky Heart"
"...In Bill Wittliff's debut novel The Devil's Backbone, an 1880s boy known only..."

Dec. 5, 2014 Arts Feature by Joe O'Connell

Presidio by Randy Kennedy
For his debut novel, Kennedy creates a road story that portrays the harsh West Texas terrain beautifully and fills it with sympathetic characters.
"...backdrop in fiction these days. But for his superb debut novel, Panhandle-bred Randy Kennedy so vividly captures the sprawling,..."

Sept. 14, 2018 Books Review by Jay Trachtenberg

Out of Peel Tree
Laura Long's debut novel chronicles the tug-of-war between moving forward and staying the same in a small town
"...new land and keeping one's home in Appalachia. Her debut novel, Out of Peel Tree, captures all the confusing..."

May 16, 2014 Arts Feature by Chase Hoffberger

'Sleep Toward Heaven'
We're not reviewing Amanda Eyre Ward's debut novel, Sleep Toward Heaven, and we're not interviewing her as an author, either, because she has contributed to The Austin Chronicle for more than three years. It would be a conflict of interest. We are, however, excerpting an early chapter of the book, and we are proud and happy to do so.
"...We're not reviewing Amanda Eyre Ward's debut novel, Sleep Toward Heaven (MacAdam/Cage, $24), and we're not..."

March 21, 2003 Books Feature

Back Roads
Dark family drama works, but was better as a book
"...books. Then again, it’s safe to say Tawni O’Dell’s debut novel Back Roads isn’t exactly cut from the same..."

Dec. 7, 2018 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

Texas Book Festival 2017: The First Dozen
Lisa Ko, Claire Messud lead off first look at fest lineup
"...promises a wealth of talent for fans of the novel, lit for kids and young adults, and cookbooks...."

June 7, 2017 Arts Post by Robert Faires

No Small Feat
Scott Blackwood's novel experiments in form
"...Scott Blackwood's slim debut novel, We Agreed to Meet Just Here, clocks in..."

March 13, 2009 Books Feature by Kimberley Jones

The Son Rises With Philipp Meyer
Austin author on adapting his award-winning novel for AMC
"...porch when he decided to adapt his epic Texas novel The Son for the screen...."

April 7, 2017 Screens Feature by Joe O'Connell

War and Pieces
Mayor's Book Club takes on Kevin Powers' 'The Yellow Birds'
"...Kevin Powers’ debut novel, The Yellow Birds, looks like a war novel,..."

April 30, 2013 Books Post by Amy Gentry

Amy Gentry on Good as Gone
This Austin author didn't set out to make her first novel a thriller, but now that it's out, she's good with that
"...with former Chronicle columnist Amy Gentry to discuss her debut novel, Good as Gone. The Houston native and longtime..."

July 22, 2016 Arts Feature by Jessi Cape

Blood Brothers
Bringing James Welch's novel of Native life, 'Winter in the Blood,' to the screen
"...34-year-old writer living in Missoula, Mont., published his first novel. James Welch had grown up around the Blackfeet Indian..."

Oct. 25, 2013 Screens Feature by Paul Stekler

All the Ladies in the House
Texas authors Sarah Bird and Diane Wilson win Dobie Paisano fellowships
"...cold hard cash. Texas Monthly columnist and much-loved comic novelist Sarah Bird (How Perfect Is That) won the Johnston..."

May 15, 2009 Books Post by Kimberley Jones

Take Me, Instead
An interview with SWT's Arturo Mancha, whose novel in progress was a recent break-in casualty
"...Arturo Mancha would have called the theft of his debut novel five years in the writing devastating. Titled Auroboros,..."

April 25, 2003 Books Feature by Michael Erard

Lit-urday: The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing
Mira Jacob's novel tracks an Indian family torn by grief
"...let's call it Lit-urday. Maybe you feel like a novel about a family's struggles that feels so true to..."

Aug. 2, 2014 Books Post by Amy Kamp

Hugo Rising
The nominees for science fiction's best novel of 2013 find a new guard challenging the old
"...with most fans listening for the announcement of Best Novel at the end of the night. And like the..."

Aug. 30, 2013 Arts Feature by Amy Gentry

The Wangs vs. the World
by Jade Chang
"...is the question posed by Jade Chang in her debut novel, which follows the fate of an immigrant businessman..."

Nov. 4, 2016 Arts Feature by Melanie Haupt

Texas Book Festival: A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing
Eimear McBride's haunting debut novel reviewed
"...Eimear McBride's debut novel has won so many awards – Baileys Women's..."

Oct. 24, 2014 Books Post by Danielle White

Lit-urday: All the Single Ladies
The life cycle of a female worker bee sounds strangely familiar
"...let's call it Lit-urday. Maybe you feel like a novel so full of dancing, hard work, maternal beauty, and..."

July 26, 2014 Books Post by Jessi Cape

A Good Week For Michener Alums
Raves for Kevin Powers, Alix Ohlin closer to Giller Prize
"...for Writers made the news this week for their novel work...."

Sept. 6, 2012 Books Post by Kimberley Jones

MCW Alum Brian Hart Reads at BookPeople
Michener Center for Writers also announces hiring of Elizabeth McCracken and a reading by Richard Ford
"...the largest student literary prize in existence. Now his debut novel is netting him some awfully nice notices. As..."

Jan. 20, 2010 Books Post by Kimberley Jones

'Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz'
The debut novel from Chronicle staff writer Belinda Acosta: an excerpt
"..."TV Eye" columnist, was contracted to write the flagship novel in Grand Central Publishing's A Quinceñera Club series, she..."

July 31, 2009 Books Feature by Belinda Acosta

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