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The best debuts to read this summer
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It's a good time to be a first-time author. As the world opens back up, there are so many places to hunker down with a good read: the subway, a coffee shop, inside a restaurant, perhaps. Here, EW offers up a few of our favorite first impressions, from memoirs to thrillers to short story collections.

Punch Me Up to the Gods
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Punch Me Up to the Gods by Brian Broome

This devastatingly beautiful memoir about growing up Black and gay in rural Ohio introduces a major literary talent in Broome. (May 18)

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Somebody's Daughter by Ashley C. Ford

The writer-editor pens the story of her wrenching upbringing (father in prison, sexual assault) and her hard-won journey to peace. (June 1)

The Other Black Girl
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The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

As a book-publishing assistant clashes with the only other Black woman in her department, she begins to suspect more sinister powers at play. (June 1)


Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

At a prestigious private school, two Black students start getting threatening texts from an unnamed bully in this fast-paced YA thriller. (June 1)

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Objects of Desire by Clare Sestanovich

In 11 short stories, Sestanovich takes seemingly innocuous moments (a plane trip, a day at the office) and pulls out satisfying human drama. (June 29)

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Nobody, Somebody, Anybody by Kelly McClorey

This darkly funny novel follows a young woman working as a chambermaid at an exclusive yacht club. (July 6)

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Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So

A short story collection that examines, among other things, queer life within the Cambodian-American community. (August 3)

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