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The 25 greatest Canadian debut novels

Every writer has to start somewhere — and these 25 Canadian writers started at the top.

Every writer has to start somewhere — and these 25 Canadian writers started at the top. Here are the 25 greatest Canadian debut novels ever written.

Lives of the Saints won the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction in 1990. (Vintage Books/Penguin Books/Cormorant Books)
Fugitive Pieces won the Books in Canada First Novel Award (now known as the Amazon.ca First Novel Award) in 1997. (St. Martin's Griffin/Emblem Editions/Emblem Editions)
Fall on Your Knees was a finalist for Canada Reads 2010, when it was defended by Perdita Felicien. (Vintage Canada/Grove Press/Emblem Editions)
Three Day Road won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize in 2005. (Emblem Editions/Penguin Canada/Emblem Editions)
Ru won Canada Reads 2015 when it was successfully defended by Cameron Bailey. (Vintage Canada/House of Anansi Press/Vintage Canada)
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels won the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2014. (Random House/Douglas & McIntyre/McClelland & Stewart)
What the Body Remembers won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book in the Caribbean and Canada. (Anchor Canada/Vintage Canada/McClelland & Stewart)
Stanley Park was a contender for Canada Reads 2007, when it was defended by Jim Cuddy. (Vintage Canada/House of Anansi Press)
Lullabies for Little Criminals won Canada Reads 2007, when it was championed by John K. Samson. (HarperCollins/Goose Lane)

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