Best Debut Novels of Fall 2011

Forget Stephen King and Umberto Eco and other big names, here are eight fresh debut novels—from the ultimate new baseball novel to gritty Midwestern fiction to a novel set in Rwanda—you must read.

A list compiled by Robert Birnbaum. I’ve not read any of these, but I think Birnbaum has a good head for recommending books.

Read the list.