Find Debut Fiction to Listen to at Any Age

“April showers bring May flowers” is a saying that really is based on truth (we keep an umbrella at home, at the office, and in our bags). Instead of bemoaning the rain keeping us indoors for a little while longer, we’re rejoicing that we have an excuse to stay in and listen to an audiobook.

Whether you want a short and sweet listen for kids or want to treat yourself to lyrical literary fiction, there’s a plethora of fantastic new audiobooks to choose from this month.

Younger listeners will enjoy:

500 Words or Less
Author: Juleah del Rosario
Read By: Annie Q

“Through Nic’s poetic narration and essays, debut author del Rosario unearths the profound range of emotions buried underneath the surface in a class of high school students.” —Publishers Weekly

The Line Tender
Author: Kate Allen
Read By: Jenna Lamia

“Allen tackles the complexities of grief with subtly wry humor and insight in this richly layered middle-grade debut about the power of science and love.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself

A charming and inspiring story about being weird written and read by Criminal Minds actor and director, Matthew Gray Gubler.

Adult listeners will enjoy:

Dawn

“Selahattin Demirtas’ short stories are beautiful and full of surprises, especially in their bold portrayal of women. A new addition to Turkey’s tragic canon of literature written in prison.” —Jennifer Clement, author of Gun Love and President of PEN International

The Dream Peddler

“Fournier Watson’s tale is gorgeous and carefully paced, with subtle tensions among the townspeople and lush descriptions of the natural world. Themes of coming and going, holding on and letting go, permeate this highly engaging, captivating, and, yes, dream-infused story.” —Kirkus Reviews

A Good Enough Mother
Author: Bev Thomas
Read By: Rebecca Lacey

“Taut, absorbing and psychologically astute, in A Good Enough Mother Bev Thomas combines all the tension of a thriller with the emotional resonance of a powerful family drama.” —Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train

Lights All Night Long

Lights All Night Long is both an expertly crafted mystery and a dazzling debut from an author who’s truly attuned to how families work at their darkest moments.” —The Los Angeles Times

The Old Drift

“It’s hard to believe this is a debut, so assured is its language, so ambitious its reach, and yet The Old Drift is indeed Namwali Serpell’s first novel, and it signifies a great new voice in fiction. Feeling at once ancient and futuristic, The Old Drift is a genre-defying riotous work that spins a startling new creation myth for the African nation of Zambia.” —Nylon

Sabrina & Corina

“Latina and Indigenous American women who long to be seen—and see themselves—are the beating heart of the stories in Fajardo-Anstine’s rich and radiant debut.” —Booklist, starred review

Walking on the Ceiling

“Interweaving past and present, Paris and Istanbul, evasion and epiphany in spare yet evocative prose, Savaş’s moving coming-of-age novel offers a rich exploration of intimacy, loneliness, and the endless fluidity of historical, cultural, and personal narrative.” —Publishers Weekly