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There’s something wonderful about getting in on the ground floor of an author’s career–about being one of the first people to read and admire them, before they became famous best-sellers.
Which authors have you been lucky enough to discover at the very beginning of their careers?
And, if you’ve never had that chance, which author do you WISH you’d been able to discover at the very beginning?

I was just pondering how wonderful it would be if I’d been reading Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison and Jose Saramago from the very beginning. That would be dated back to the times I was born, and even before that! That said, being an avid reader in the making while I was in college, I experienced the ground breaking careers of some of my new favorite authors. Jhumpa Lahiri’s debut short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, grabbed my attention even I don’t gravitate to this sub-genre. The Namesake has earned her spot on the shelf of favorite novels. Another one is Sarah Waters, whose works I first read in my Gay & Lesbian Studies course at Berkeley, just after she published her first novel, Tipping the Velvet. The most recent big-bang of an author is Abraham Verghese, whose debut novel, Cutting for Stone, made my list for 2008.

The title of this post is from an album of Lady Gaga, whose career I have followed since day one.

2 Responses

  1. For real? Gaga from the beginning? Somehow I’m not sure I believe you! I sorta wish I’d been following Waters from the beginning, but then I’d be in a worse position than I am now (that is, waiting and waiting and waiting to be blessed with another book from her). It is pure torture.

  2. Good for you. I haven’t been privilege enough to have read a writer who soon turned out to be a big bang. I wish I had read Ayi Kwei Armah but then that would mean I would have to have been born about twenty years earlier. And when I discovered Chimamanda Adichie she was already famous with Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun.

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