December 18, 2009 The American debut by Shahriar Mandanipour is a love story, a mystery and an exploration of the political situation in Iran.
December 18, 2009 Granta editor John Freeman picks the year's top five debuts by fiction writers. The list includes three collections of short stories and two novels. Freeman says the era of the splashy debut might be gone, but these authors demonstrate, despite their short publishing histories, that first-time writers can still make a big impression.
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