06/13/2013 02:57 pm ET Updated Aug 13, 2013

The Splashy Debut Novel Is Dead--Or Is It? - The Daily Beast

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

When Ben Lerner's Leaving the Atocha Station came out in 2011, it won major awards and seemed in every respect like one of those dazzling debut novels that preceded it: Everything Is Illuminated, The Art of Fielding, White Teeth. Except that it was published by little-known Minneapolis art-house company Coffee House Press. How could the big publishing houses have missed it?