The National Book Foundation’s list of nominees for the prestigious National Book Award was released today and we’ve got the full list of Fiction authors who are up for the prize. Receiving the National Book Award is a huge deal as a win would place the recipient beside such literary icons like Flannery O’Connor, John Updike, Alice Walker and Don DeLillo.
Ten authors make up the list and this year’s selection couldn’t be more varied.
Two debut novelists are making their appearance in the book, Angela Flournoy and Bill Clegg. But the nominees also include staples like Adam Johnson (a Pulitzer Prize winner) and Lauren Groff.
All in all, this year’s selection is pretty exciting and we can’t wait to see who makes it to the finalist’s list on October 14. After that, we’ll be holding our breath until the winner is announced on November 18. Here’s the full list of nominees, each with a brief description from Amazon:
Jesse Ball, A Cure for Suicide: “A beguiling new novel about a man starting over at the most basic level, and the strange woman who insinuates herself into his life and memory.”
Karen E. Bender, Refund: “An award-winning collection of stories that deeply explore the ways in which money and the estimation of value affect the lives of her characters.”
Bill Clegg, Did You Ever Have a Family: “A magnificently powerful story about a circle of people who find solace in the least likely of places as they cope with a horrific tragedy.”
Angela Flournoy, The Turner House: “A striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams and futures, and the ways in which our families bring us home.”
Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies: “A dazzling examination of a marriage, it is also a portrait of creative partnership written by one of the best writers of her generation.”
Adam Johnson, Fortune Smiles: “A major collection of stories that gives voice to the perspectives we don’t often hear, while offering something rare in fiction: a new way of looking at the world.”
Geronimo Johnson, Welcome to Braggsville: “A dark and socially provocative Southern-fried comedy about four UC Berkeley students who stage a dramatic protest during a Civil War reenactment.”
Edith Pearlman, Honeydew: “Pearlman writes with warmth about the predicaments of being human. The title story involves an affair, an illegitimate pregnancy, anorexia, and adolescent drug use, but the true excitement comes from the evocation of the interior lives of young Emily Knapp, who wishes she were a bug, and her inner circle.”
Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life: “A tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance.”
Nell Zink, Mislaid: “A sharply observed, mordantly funny, and startlingly original novel…about the making and unmaking of the American family that lays bare all of our assumptions about race and racism, sexuality and desire.”
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