We love celebrating debut authors; in a perfect world, we’d have enough Saturdays in the year to celebrate each and every one. Short of pulling that magic trick, we thought we’d try something new today.
Our Guest Author at the Ball this week is…you.
If you’re a debut novelist with a book that’s already out or soon-to-be out, leave a comment and say hello.
Tell us about it. Tell us about you. Tell us when your book will be out and where we can go to learn more about it. At the end of the week, I’ll take all the info from the comments and paste them into the body of this post so debut-novel-hungry readers can learn more about your upcoming book.
I’ll start by telling you about a debut novel I’m very excited about this week: Julia Fierro’s Cutting Teeth, which launched just a couple of weeks ago, but has been making waves for months thanks to its whip-smart and honest insights about parenting, friendships, and self-identity. Julia has offered to give away a copy of Cutting Teeth—details at the end of this post!
One of the most anticipated debut novels of 2014, Cutting Teeth takes place one late-summer weekend as a group of thirty-something couples gather at a shabby beach house on Long Island, their young children in tow.
Nicole, the hostess, struggles to keep her OCD behaviors unnoticed. Stay-at-home dad Rip grapples with the reality that his careerist wife will likely deny him a second child, forcing him to disrupt the life he loves. Allie, one half of a two-mom family, can’t stop imagining ditching her wife and kids in favor of her art. Tiffany, comfortable with her amazing body but not so comfortable in the upper-middle class world the other characters were born into, flirts dangerously, and spars with her best friend Leigh, a blue blood secretly facing financial ruin and dependent on the magical Tibetan nanny everyone else covets.
Throughout the weekend, conflicts intensify and painful truths surface. Friendships and alliances crack, forcing the house party to confront a new order. Cutting Teeth is about the complex dilemmas of early midlife—the vicissitudes of friendship, of romantic and familial love, and of sex. It’s about class tension, status hunger, and the unease of being in possession of life’s greatest bounty while still wondering, is this as good as it gets? And, perhaps most of all, Julia Fierro’s warm and unpretentious debut explores the all-consuming love we feel for those we need most, and the sacrifice and compromise that underpins that love.
TO ENTER: Comment on this post by noon EST on Friday, May 30th. Tell us about your book, or the book you’re currently reading, or your best guest at the meaning of life. U.S. contestants only, please. Follow The Debutante Ball on Facebook and Twitter for extra entries—just mention that you did so in your comments. We’ll choose and contact the winner on Friday. Good luck!
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