Nine Notable Debut Novels Publishing in May

If you're looking for a great read (and let's face it, aren't we always!) I'm sure you'll find something to catch your eye among these nine debut novels publishing in May, which we've selected from the more than eighty notable May books we've previewed (members can view the full list here).

Enjoy!

Davina, BookBrowse editor


The Hunt by Andrew FukudaThe Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

May 8, 2012
Published by St Martin's Press
Young Adults
304 pages

Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can't run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn't hurt him and he doesn't have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It's the only way to stay alive in a world of night - a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.
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Overseas by Beatriz WilliamsOverseas by Beatriz Williams

May 10, 2012
Published by Putnam
464 pages

Set against the tumultuous backdrop of World War I and the glittering lights of today's New York financial world, Overseas offers an irresistible combination of romance, history, and imaginative storytelling, with a touch of time travel thrown in.
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The Secrets of Mary BowserThe Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen

May 15, 2012
Published by William Morrow
496 pages

With the rich detail of Cold Mountain, the strong female bonds of The Help, and the untold history of The Warmth of Other Suns, comes a powerful debut novel about the secrets a woman keeps, and those she will risk everything to tell.
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The Undertow by Joe BakerThe Undertow by Joe Baker

May 15, 2012
Published by Knopf
352 pages

The American debut of an enthralling new voice: a vivid, indelibly told work of fiction that follows four generations of a family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century - a novel about inheritance, about fate and passion, and about what it means to truly break free of the past.
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Shelter by Frances GreensladeShelter by Frances Greenslade

May 15, 2012
Published by Free Press
400 pages

From an impressive new literary talent, a heartbreaking, lushly imagined novel that explores the deep bond between two very different sisters whose world is shattered when their mother mysteriously abandons them.
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Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel FriedmanDon't Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman

May 22, 2012
Published by St Martin's Minotaur
304 pages

The first in a one-of-a-kind, mystery series featuring Buck Schatz, an eighty-seven-year-old retired Memphis cop with a know-it-all plugged-in grandson as his sidekick.
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The English Monster by Lloyd ShepherdThe English Monster by Lloyd Shepherd

May 29, 2012
Published by Washington Square Press
432 pages (paperback original)

Based on the true story of the gruesome Ratcliffe Highway murders, The English Monster is a breathtaking voyage across centuries, from the Age of Discovery to the Age of Empire, illuminating what happens to Britain as she gains global power but risks losing her soul.
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Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai

May 29, 2012
Published by Penguin Press
256 pages

In a small town in northern India, a house still smolders from a devastating fire. Inside a young girl is found severely beaten and barely alive, along with the lifeless bodies of thirteen people. Inexplicably, the local police accuse the girl of the murders. But Simran Singh, an independent-minded, unconventional social worker, is convinced of the girl's innocence...
Winner of the Costa First Novel Award
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Our Lady of Alice BhattiOur Lady of Alice Bhatti by Mohammed Hanif

May 29, 2012
Published by Knopf
256 pages

At once a high comedy of errors and a searing illumination of the seemingly unchangeable role of women in Pakistan's lower-caste society, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti is a resounding confirmation of Mohammed Hanif's gifts of storytelling and of razor-sharp social satire.
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