Posted on March 24, 2021 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Move over, Delia Owens — there’s a new later-to-publishing author whose debut novel is building serious momentum.

(Again, we kid; the literary world has room for all the talent that exists!)

The Passive Voice shared some snippets from the Wall Street Journal’s profile of Angeline Boulley, whose debut novel, Firekeeper's Daughter, was gaining some influential attention even before its March 16 release.

Specifically, Reese Witherspoon chose it for her book club’s young-adult pick, and Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company won a bidding war to adapt it into a Netflix series.

These would be great victories for an established writer; Boulley, however, is a fifty-five-year-old debut novelist.

Yet the idea of her book — a young adult thriller about an Ojibwe teenager who roots out corruption in her community — came to her at age eighteen, she tweeted recently.

Rolling Stone spoke to her about this wild ride (as did, of course, the WSJ, though it’s for subscribers only); you can also read NPR’s rave review of Firekeeper's Daughter.

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