Alum Natashia Deon has had a big summer. Her debut novel Grace has taken off like a rocket, with raves in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus, Time, People, Redbook, Buzzfeed and a little place called the New York Times:

With her debut novel, “Grace,” Natashia Deón has announced herself beautifully and distinctively. Her emotional range spans several octaves. She writes with her nerves, generating terrific suspense. And her style is so visual it plays tricks on the imagination — did I just watch that scene? Or did I read it?

Ms. Deón is not merely another new author to watch. She has delivered something whole, and to be reckoned with, right now.