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Are These the 7 Best Debut Novels of 2018?

Here's the Center for Fiction's shortlist for the 2018 First Novel Prize.

Good news, fiction lovers! The Center for Fiction just announced their annual First Novel Prize shortlist. The list was whittled down from a longer list of 26 authors by a panel of esteemed writers, including Jeffery Renard Allen, Katie Kitamura, Rachel Kushner, Dana Spiotta, and Julie Lekstrom Himes.

Created in 2006 to celebrate “the best first novel of the year,” the award comes with a $10,000 prize. All shortlisted authors will receive $1,000. Congratulations to all of these talented debut novelists!

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Asymmetry 
by Lisa Halliday
Simon & Schuster


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Confessions of the Fox
by Jordy Rosenberg
One World


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Freshwater
by Akwaeke Emezi
Grove Press


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The Parking Lot Attendant
by Nafkote Tamirat
Henry Holt & Co.


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Pretend I’m Dead
by Jen Beagin
Scribner


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There There
by Tommy Orange
Alfred A. Knopf


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Trenton Makes
by Tadzio Koelb
Doubleday

You can read more about the shortlisted authors and their work over at the Center for Fiction website.

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About Amy Brady

Amy Brady is the Senior Editor of the Chicago Review of Books and Deputy Publisher of Guernica Magazine. Her writing has appeared in The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Dallas Morning News, The Awl, Literary Hub, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. Follow her on Twitter at @ingredient_x.

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