Out on 20 June 2024
Book cover for The First Bright Thing

The First Bright Thing



20 June 2024
480 pages
Imprint: Tor


This is the magic circus book that I have been looking for all my life. It's compelling and brilliant, and made me cry on a public street
This book takes the reader on an audacious, bittersweet journey, underpinned by the magic of theatre and the alchemies of grief and love. A masterpiece of the fantastical and the human
J.R. Dawson welcomes us to a time-traveling circus of magical outcasts, forged by love into family. A celebration of artistry and wonder as essential talismans we wield against despair—and with which we triumph against it . . . I, for one, am here for the show
Mesmerizing and magical, The First Bright Thing gives friendship, love and found family top billing, puts the audacity of optimism on center stage and delivers a voice with artistry and flair worthy of the Ringmaster herself