Top Ten First Novels

The publishers of Booklist Online, book reviews from the American Library Association, have released their list of the top debut novels for adults published between October 15, 2016, and October 1, 2017. Enjoy a first look at these up and coming novelists. Titles available at your Library may be requested through the title link to the library's catalog.

2017 Top Ten First Novels


  • The Idiot by Elif Batuman
  • What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons
  • American War by Omar El Akkad
  • The Shell: Memoirs of a Hidden Observer by Mustafa Khalifa
  • Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
  • Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
  • No Other World by Rahul Mehta
  • The Fortunate Ones by Ellen Umansky
  • The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas
  • The Gringo Champion by Aura Xilonen