The Best Debut Novels of 2023 to Not Miss

Discover the best debut novels of 2023 (so far). From coming-of-age to multigenerational stories to a great love story- we have you covered in this book list!

The Best Debut Novels of 2023 to Not Miss

Take a mesmerizing literary journey through the best debut novels of 2023 (so far) as we celebrate the publishing journey of author Thao Thai, whose multigenerational debut novel, “Banyan Moon,” transports readers to Vietnam and Florida. 

This week on the Book Gang podcast, Thao Thai shares the emotional tale of three generations of Vietnamese American women grappling with loss and unraveling long-buried secrets. 

Dive into the interview where Thao Thai discusses her personal inspirations, from family history to Vietnamese folk tales and the complexities of capturing mother-daughter relationships.

Listen to the full episode (the show notes are located here) below and subscribe to the Book Gang podcast for more episodes like this one.

In honor of today’s discussion, I’m sharing the best books I’ve read (so far) this year. I will continue to update this throughout the year. 

While you can find many book lists online, the one thing that makes my list special is that these are tried-and-true book recommendations. I value your reading time! 

Make sure you don’t skip the final part of this list that showcases the best books according to our book club members. I’m really excited to get my hands on those recommendations.

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Many of today’s authors have published in other genres. A book listed as a debut can mean a debut in a different genre. For example, if a Young Adult writer writes their first Adult novel, it would qualify as a debut. If a thriller writer writes her first Women’s Fiction, that is a debut. This is added in their descriptions.

The Best Debut Novels of 2023 to Not Miss

Don't miss out on the best fiction books of 2023! Dive into our carefully curated book list. From fantasy to historical fiction to coming-of-age stories, these are my top recommendations for your reading life.

Looking for more books from debut novelists? Here is a short list from the MomAdvice Book Club community.

You Should Smile More by Anastasia Ryan

Adelaide by Genevieve Wheeler

The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff

Late Bloomers by Deepa Varadarajan

The Collected Regrets of Clover by Mikki Brammer

Beyond That, the Sea by Laura Spence-Ash

What is your favorite 2023 debut novel? Let us know in the comments below what this list is missing!

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Published June 23, 2023 by:

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