Top Ten First Novels

The publishers of Booklist Online, book reviews from the American Library Association, have released their list of the top debut novels for adults reviewed in Booklist from November 2019 through October 2020. Enjoy a first look at these up and coming novelists. Titles available at your Library may be requested through the title link to the library's catalog.

2020 Top Ten First Novels


  • The God Child by Nana Oforiatta Ayim
  • These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card
  • Kim Jiyoung, Born 1992 by Nam-Joo Cho
  • The New Wilderness by Diane Cook
  • Love after Love by Ingrid Persaud
  • Lake Life by David James Poissant
  • The Wanting Life by Mark Rader
  • The Resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez by Rudy Ruiz
  • Almond by Won-pyung Sohn
  • Real Life by Brandon Taylor