Why We’re Fascinated By Debut Novels

“Ultimately, the most exciting part of reading a debut novelist isn’t wondering whether she deserved her seven-figure deal, or the rubbernecking pleasure of imagining how she probably won’t earn it back. It doesn’t have to do with hype or youth. It has to do with the possibility of imagining how a certain luminous talent will keep developing over the years, how this talent might expand beyond the horizon of our vision.”