Debut Authors for Summer Listening

It’s a good thing summer days are long; you’ll need the extra hours to listen to all of these intriguing audiobooks from debut authors.

The Book of Essie

Esther Ann Hicks—Essie—is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality-television phenomenon. She’s grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family’s fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. She has a secret, though, that will tear their world apart.
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The Ensemble
Author: Aja Gabel
Read By: Rebecca Lowman

An addictive novel about four young friends navigating the cutthroat world of classical music and their complex relationships with each other, as ambition, passion, and love intertwine over the course of their lives.
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The House Swap

She may not know exactly who is in her house. But she knows why they are there….
A house swap is the eerie backdrop to a chilling look inside a broken marriage filled with tantalizing secrets.
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The Island Dwellers
Author: Jen Silverman
Read By: Various

The eleven interconnected stories in this razor-sharp collection take place in expat bars, artist colonies, train stations, and matchbox apartments in the United States and Japan.
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Little Disasters

It was the exhilaration of new parenthood that first united Michael and Paul outside the Brooklyn hospital where their wives, Rebecca and Jenny, were giving birth. For one man, tragedy swiftly follows, and he turns to the other for a favor, unwittingly kindling the spark between these couples into the affair that will blow them apart.
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The Pisces

After breaking up with her boyfriend and burning out on the dissertation she’s been writing for nine years, Lucy finds herself dog sitting for her sister in LA. On the beach one night, she meets an eerily attractive swimmer. When she learns the truth of his identity, their relationship and her understanding of what love should look like take an unexpected turn.
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A Place for Us

As an Indian wedding draws a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the choices their children have made. What secrets and betrayals have caused this close-knit family to fracture?
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Small Country
Author: Gaël Faye
Read By: Dominic Hoffman

For ten-year-old Gabriel, life in his comfortable expatriate neighborhood of Bujumbura in Burundi with his French father, Rwandan mother, and little sister, Ana, is something close to paradise. But soon, Burundi and neighboring Rwanda are engulfed by civil war and genocide.
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Social Creature

Louise has nothing. Lavinia has everything. After a chance encounter, the two spiral into an intimate, intense, and possibly toxic friendship. A Talented Mr. Ripley for the digital age.
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Something in the Water

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they soon make a discovery that will change everything.
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There There

The story of twelve characters, each of whom has private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow. This is a multigenerational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people.
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