June Debut 2019
June Debuts: A Plethora of Listens for All Ages

June is Audiobook Month so celebrate by diving into a debut author’s audiobook!

ADULT FICTION & NONFICTION

“A rich, engrossing family saga, spiked with sisterly malice…[rendered] with such skill and finely tuned interest that it feels like a quiet subversion of the traditional family saga.”—The New York Times Book Review

Evvie Drake Starts Over is a heartwarming rom-com about loss, grief and second chances.”—BookPage (starred review)

“American history comes to vivid, engaging life in this tale of two interconnected families (one white, one black) that spans from the 1950s to Barack Obama’s first year as president. . . . The complex, beautifully drawn characters are unique and indelible.”—Entertainment Weekly

“When his ex drops the kids off and doesn’t come back, a father of two revisits the choices that led to this moment. He searches for answers, hilariously and heartbreakingly avoiding the darkest questions. Brodesser-Akner’s debut is a referendum on marriage, friendship, and how we live (and love) right now.”—People

“A perceptive plot wrapped around how infertility can destroy a relationship fuels the emotional Her Daughter’s Mother…But Petrova delves deeper in her plot with intriguing twists making even the most benign action and supposed coincidences seem sinister and foreboding.”—Associated Press

Author: Amber Scorah
Read By: Amber Scorah

“À la Tara Westover’s Educated, Scorah’s pensive, ultimately liberating memoir chronicles her formative years as a Jehovah’s Witness—a “life in waiting” that included a sham marriage, covert missionary work in China, and eventual shunning by her religious community—and captures the bewilderment of belief and the bliss of self-discovery.—O, The Oprah Magazine

“Come for Darcy reimagined as a hyper-conservative young man and Elizabeth Bennet as a wannabe poet frustrated by family obligation; stay for Uzma Jalaluddin’s warm portrait of life for twentysomething Muslims in suburban Toronto struggling to honor their heritage while pursuing their dreams.”—The Globe and Mail

“In this chilling tale of paranoia, suspicion, and accusation, Lesley Kara keeps you guessing until the final page.”—Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train

“This fine first novel explores the ways history abides in the streets and monuments of an old city, and in the human souls who love it and grieve for it and struggle to forgive it.”—Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead

“Bob-Waksberg manages to balance his ironic humor with a deep sincerity that continues to surprise and delight….[These stories] do that mysterious thing that good art can do: make your heart clench with feeling, your eyes fill with tears, your lips twitch toward a smile or all three at once.”—Ilana Masad, The Washington Post

Author: Emilie Pine
Read By: Emilie Pine

“Emilie Pine’s voice is razor-sharp and raw; her story is utterly original yet as familiar as my own breath. Both timeless and urgent, Notes to Self is my favorite memoir of the year—I will be giving copies of this stunning book to all of my friends.”—Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love Warrior

YA AND KIDS’ FICTION

“Campbell’s series-starter is an off-kilter delight… and readers who like macabre tales tempered with butterflies will eagerly follow Campbell’s likable protagonist onward to his next adventure.”—Booklist, starred review

“A dazzling debut novel about resilience, courage, home and family.”—Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me

Author: Kat Cho
Read By: Emily Woo Zeller

“This book is a delight from start to finish. It’s everything I adore about the best Korean drama, mixed with a dash of urban fantasy. The chemistry between Miyoung and Jihoon kept me turning the pages into the wee hours of the night. Cho’s prose and pacing are crisp, and the world is utterly transportive.”—Renée Ahdieh, New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath & the Dawn

Author: Laura Sibson
Read By: Phoebe Strole

“The next time you think you know all about the school slut, the druggie, the vandal—think again. People are more complex than their reputations, and nowhere is that more apparent than in Laura Sibson’s powerful novel about female empowerment.”—Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your Life

“Shannon Schuren weaves a complex tale of love, faith, and lies in her thought-provoking debut The Virtue of Sin. As important as it is entertaining, this is a must-read for anyone who knows that independent thought trumps fitting in. One of my favorite reads of the year.”—Christina Dalcher, bestselling author of VOX

“[An] engrossing debut. . . Villasante builds her novel about undocumented immigrants into a suspenseful story with credible relationships, satisfying character development, and elements of science fiction.”—Publisher’s Weekly