Readers, did you know that I am American? This means that in addition to saying “drama” and “pasta” with an AWHHH sound, I also get pretty excited for the National Book Awards. Past winners include some of my all-time favorites, including The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen; Three Junes, by Julia Glass; and The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion.
This year’s finalists — announced earlier this week — include a steller cast of authors:
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The Sojourn, by Andrew Krivak
Set during World War I, the book follows the perilous journey of a young sharpshooter across the Southern front, through the Italian Alps and into the arms of the enemy.
The Tiger’s Wife, by Tea Obreht
A young doctor investigates the mystery surrounding her grandfather’s death in a Balkan country ravaged by years of conflict. Born in 1985, Obreht is considered the youngest writer to have won a major literary prize — The Tiger’s Wife won this year’s Orange Prize for fiction.
The Buddha in the Attic, by Julie Otsuka
From the author of the contemporary classic When the Emperor Was Divine, this is the story of a group of women brought from Japan to San Francisco in the early 1900s as mail-order brides.
Binocular Vision, by Edith Pearlman
A short story collection that spans four decades and a multitude of locales — from Jerusalem to tsarist Russia to London during the Blitz.
Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward
A family drama set during 12 days of a brewing hurricane in Mississippi — featuring a pregnant 14-year-old, her hard-drinking father and her three brothers.
The Winner of this years prize will be announced in New York City on November 16. Stay tuned and I’ll keep you posted!
Also, which of these books have you read? And who do you think should win?