list. What struck me after a bit was how few of the authors ever wrote a better novel than that first one. Maybe it's better to write a fair first novel and go on to greater things.
The most amazing first novel I ever read was WHITE TEETH by Zadie Smith. She wrote in in her early twenties but it had the maturity of a seasoned writer. A London teeming with immigrants of all ages, she got it perfectly and was equally adept at creating men and women.
My favorite debut novel in the crime genre would be A KISS BEFORE DYING by Ira Levin.
What's your favorite debut novel?