10 New Books to Kick Off the New Year

Poised at the edge of a shiny new year, we’re readying ourselves for this season’s spate of hotly anticipated new titles. In its always-reliable season preview, The Millions noted that this “may be a year of new discoveries,” and, true to this prediction, we’re particularly excited to check out 2011’s roster of fresh talent. Here’s a peek at upcoming debut books by new authors, as well as new titles by established names — all ten of which will get tongues wagging and pages turning in the months ahead.

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

Anointed by both The New Yorker and Granta, Karen Russell’s literary star has already been established with short story collection St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. In Swamplandia!, she expands upon one of these stories to chronicle the unraveling of the Bigtree family, a clan of alligator wrestlers in the backwoods Everglades.

Release Date: February 1