Thursday, February 10, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: Great Debuts

There’s something wonderful about getting in on the ground floor of an author’s career–about being one of the first people to read and admire them, before they became famous best-sellers.
Which authors have you been lucky enough to discover at the very beginning of their careers?
And, if you’ve never had that chance, which author do you WISH you’d been able to discover at the very beginning?

Tough question! I wish I'd been reading A.S. Byatt and Margaret Atwood from the beginning but I would have had to start in the early 1970s; I learned to read young, but not that young!  I don't read a whole lot of debut fiction but I was glad to be have read Kathleen Kent's first book, The Heretic's Daughter, right away, and Abraham Verghese's first novel Cutting for Stone, but then he was already a well-known writer of memoir. That's what happens a lot with me: I fall in love with an established author thinking he or she is not well known, only to find out that that person is wildly famous!

More Booking Thru Thursday here.