Recent Award Winners - Fiction

  1. Major Literary Awards
  2. American Library Association Awards
  3. Genre/Interest-Based Awards

Pulitzer Prize




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Trust by Hernan Diaz

Told from the perspective of one woman bent on disentangling fact from fiction, this unrivaled novel about money, power, intimacy and perception is centered around the mystery of how the Rask family acquired their immense fortune in 1920s-1930's New York City.
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Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

The son of an Appalachian teenager uses his good looks, wit and instincts to survive foster care, child labor, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses in the new novel from the best-selling author of Unsheltered.

*Note: also won the Women's Prize for Fiction

Booker Prizes




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Prophet Song by Paul Lynch

On a dark, wet evening in Dublin, scientist and mother-of-four Eilish Stack answers her front door to find the GNSB on her doorstep. Two officers from Ireland's newly formed secret police want to speak with her husband, Larry, a trade unionist for the Teachers' Union of Ireland. Things are falling apart. Ireland is in the grip of a government that is taking a turn towards tyranny.
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Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov

Translated by Angela Rodel

In an apricot-colored building in Zurich, surrounded by curiously planted forget-me-nots, Gaustine has opened the first “clinic for the past,” an institution that offers an inspired treatment for Alzheimer’s sufferers: each floor reproduces a past decade in minute detail, allowing patients to transport themselves back in time to unlock what is left of their fading memories.

National Book Awards




Blackouts

Blackouts by Justin Torres

Out in the desert in a place called the Palace, a young man tends to a dying soul, someone he once knew briefly, but who has haunted the edges of his life.
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The Words That Remain by Stenio Gardel

Translated by Bruna Dantas Lobato

A letter has beckoned to Raimundo since he received it over fifty years ago from his youthful passion, Cícero. But having grown up poor in Brazil, Raimundo has been unable to read.... A sweeping novel of repression, violence, and shame, along with their flip side: survival, endurance, and the ultimate triumph of an unforgettable figure on society’s margins.

The National Book Critics Circle Awards




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Bliss Montage by Ling Ma

A new creation by the author of Severance, the stories in Bliss Montage crash through our carefully built mirages.
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Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty

Set in a Native community in Maine, Night of the Living Rez is a riveting debut collection about what it means to be Penobscot in the twenty-first century and what it means to live, to survive, and to persevere after tragedy.

*Note: also won a PEN America Literary Award

PEN/Faulkner




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The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li

A propulsive, gripping new novel about fate, art, exploitation, and intimacy by the award-winning author of Where Reasons End.
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Author: Edwidge Danticat

Most recent book: Everything Inside

A single-volume collection of short stories by the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author is set in such locales as Miami, Port-au-Prince and the Caribbean and poignantly explores the forces that unite and divide.

PEN America Literary Awards




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Calling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar Hokeah

Follows the life of Ever Geimausaddle, a young Native American, through the multigenerational perspectives of his family as they face policy corruption, threats of job loss, constant resettlement and the pent up rage of centuries of injustice.
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Dr. No by Percival Everett

The protagonist of Percival Everett’s puckish new novel is a brilliant professor of mathematics who goes by Wala Kitu.... He is an expert on nothing. That is to say, he is an expert, and his area of study is nothing, and he does nothing about it. This makes him the perfect partner for the aspiring villain John Sill, who wants to break into Fort Knox to steal, well, not gold bars but a shoebox containing nothing. With the help of the brainy and brainwashed astrophysicist-turned-henchwoman Eigen Vector, our professor tries to foil the villain while remaining in his employ.

British Book Awards




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Verity by Colleen Hoover

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer when she is hired by Jeremy Crawford to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife, author Verity Crawford, is unable to finish. Lowen arrives at their home, ready to sort through Verity's notes and outlines, but unexpectedly finds an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended anyone to read. 
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Trespasses by Louise Kennedy

As tender as it is unflinching, Trespasses is a masterfully executed and intimate portrait of those caught between the warring realms of the personal and political, rooted in a turbulent and brutally imagined moment of history where it's not just what you do that matters, but what you are.

Nobel Prize for Literature




a shining

Author: Jon Fosse

Most recent book: A Shining

A man starts driving without knowing where he is going. He alternates between turning right and left, and ultimately finds himself stuck at the end of a forest road. It soon grows dark and begins to snow. But instead of searching for help, he ventures, foolishly, into the dark forest. Inevitably, the man gets lost, and as he grows cold and tired, he encounters a glowing being amid the obscurity.