There are quite a few famous names among the National Book Award finalists, which were announced this morning. Among the fiction contenders are Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri for her novel The Lowland and the famously press-shy Thomas Pynchon for Bleeding Edge. Even the least known novelist, Rachel Kushner, has been a finalist before. See below for the entire shortlist in all four categories: READ FULL STORY
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Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri and Irish novelist Colm Toibin are among six finalists for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction — a diverse shortlist that includes a strong American contingent, a first-time novelist, and a Buddhist priest.
Lahiri’s Indian-American family saga The Lowland and Toibin’s Bible-inspired The Testament of Mary are on the shortlist announced Tuesday for the 50,000-pound ($78,000) prize.
The other finalists are shantytown-set story We Need New Names by Zimbabwe’s NoViolet Bulawayo; gold rush tale The Luminaries by New Zealand-based Eleanor Catton; rural requiem Harvest by Britain’s Jim Crace; and Pacific-crossing story A Tale for the Time Being by Canada’s Ruth Ozeki.
The head of the judging panel, writer Robert Macfarlane, said the six novels were “world-spanning in their concerns, and ambitious in their techniques.”
“It is a shortlist that shows the English language novel to be a form of world literature. It crosses continents, joins countries and spans centuries,” he said.
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We’ve had our fun with summer books, but now that it’s starting to get too cold for the beach, it’s time to break out some of the biggest-name authors in publishing. From popular non-fiction (Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath) to huge sequels (Stephen King’s Dr. Sleep and Helen Fielding’s next Bridget Jones novel) to heavy fiction (Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch) to award contenders (Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland), we’re giving you a sneak peek at the books we’re most looking forward to.
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