Pre-order The Doula, Bridget Boland's debut novel

Bridget Boland’s debut novel, The Doula, is now available for pre-order from Amazon. It will be released September 4 from Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

Boland is the guest judge of this year’s Raymond Carver Short Story Contest.

We specifically asked her to guest judge because she is a debut novelist, and we like to highlight the importance of recognizing first-time authors and their contributions to the literary landscape.

Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (and also a guest judge of the 2007 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest) has this to say about The Doula:

Bridget Boland has written a powerhouse of a debut novel. The Doula takes an unflinching look at some of the worst calamities that can befall a life, and shows us the grace and redemption that can grow out of our darkest moments. Never sentimental, but with real compassion that rings true on every page, Boland takes us on a hard-fought journey toward genuine wisdom.

We look forward to reading the debut novel from Boland and hope you’ll join us in supporting debut novelists

Pre-order The Doula today.