The Language of Flowers is "a story that needs to be told"—that of one of the 20,000 teens who grow too old for the foster care system and find themselves suddenly alone at age 18. Debut author Vanessa Diffenbaugh couples her passion for foster care with the Victorian symbolism of flowers in a story that is, according to our reviewer, "visceral and deeply touching."
The story is told in flashback by a former foster child who found a way to express her deepest emotions through the secret meanings of flowers. Read more in our interview with Vanessa Diffenbaugh.
The book trailer from Pan Macmillan is so pretty, and while it may not capture the intensity of Diffenbaugh's novel, it certainly embraces its heart:
Will you be picking up a copy?
The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern's debut and one of our 25 most anticipated books for fall, is a tale of two magicians pitted against each other by Prospero the Enchanter in the astounding Cirque des Rêves. It's an epic love story with an incredible cast, and a Harry Potter producer has already jumped on the film rights.
Check out our interview with Erin Morgenstern, where we talked about the magic of the circus, her research process and what she's working on next.
And to entice you even more, take a look at the book trailer:
The Night Circus comes out September 13! Will you be picking up a copy of this magical debut?
I love stories of writers coming out of nowhere—and I mean nowhere—like the author of Pigeon English (HMH). Englishman Stephen Kelman worked jobs from house-cleaner to warehouse operative until he was inspired by news stories about British youth violence to write his debut.
Combining street inspiration with stories from his own childhood, Kelman crafted the tale of Hari Opuku, the narrator of Pigeon English, whose life changes when he and his friend Dean decide to solve a crime.
Our reviewer found the 11-year-old narrator compelling and believable, and this trailer from Bloomsbury gives a glimpse of his voice:
For more on the child narrator, check out our interview with Kelman.
Pigeon English is not only one of our favorite debuts of the season, but it's also on the longlist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize. Who's grabbing a copy of Kelman's debut?
It's sinister, it's dark -- it's everything we'd hope from a debut thriller. S.J. Watson has crafted "unquestionably a suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller" of Before I Go to Sleep (Harper).
Its premise is familiar yet decidedly unique -- an amnesiac woman begins to spiral into paranoia, as each morning she awakes, she cannot remember her own life. How can she possible figure out the truth about her life, her marriage, anything, when she can't remember any of it?
Sounds intense, and so is this cool trailer:
Be sure to check our our interview with S.J. Watson!
Debut author David Whitehouse's Bed (Scribner) carries some serious weight -- and not just because it tells the story of the bedridden fattest man in the world. It's a mix of intense, eccentric characters and the "merry revelry in the grotesque," as Whitehouse delves into the life story of the huge man to exhume his reasons for choosing a horizontal life.
The following trailer from Simon & Schuster captures the balance of tenderness and despair in Bed:
Bed is one of our top debut novels in our August issue. It comes out today! Will you be picking up a copy of Whitehouse's novel?