See this Buzzfeed article for a list of not-to-miss first-time authors. Highlights, both owned by Fairfax County Public Library, include:
Phil Klay, Redeployment – This book of short stories informed by Klay’s experience as a solider in Iraq, dazzled critics and won the National Book Award.
Smith Henderson, Fourth of July Creek – Henderson made the Washington Post’s “Best Books of 2014” for his first title, a gritty, dark tale set in rural Montana.
Hopefully this bumper crop of newbie success will set a trend and continue to bring a fresh voice to library shelves near you.
-Ginger Hawkins, Patrick Henry Library