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Great Fiction Longlisted for 2015 National Book Award

Keeping the awards train rolling, the National Book Awards announced its longlist for fiction. 10 fanastic books have made it this far, and avid readers will definitely recognize several of them. Know them or not, all are worth a look.

Notably, one of the nominated books has also been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Hanya Yanagihara‘s A Little Life, which has been especially popular among readers and critics alike, has graced both lists. Four of the nominees are short story collections, and many of the books focus on family drama.

A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball 

 

 

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg  

 

 

Refund by Karen E. Bender

 

 

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy 

 

 

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff 

 

 

Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

 

 

 

Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson 

 

 

 

Honeydew by Edith Pearlman 

 

 

 

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

 

 

 

Mislaid by Nell Zink  

 

 

Many of these authors are no strangers to awards in the past. Adam Johnson won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel The Orphan Master’s Son. The prolific Edith Pearlman has won many awards, including the 2011 National Book Critic’s Circle Award and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. Judges for this year’s awards include authors Daniel Alarcon, Jeffery Renard AllenLaura Lippman, and David L. Ulin.

The shortlist will be revealed on October 14.  

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