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The 2017 National Book Award Longlist for Fiction

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It’s here: The longlist for the National Book Award!

Of note:

  • For the second time in their careers, Jennifer Egan and Jesmyn Ward are longlisted against each other. The last time this happened Ward won for Salvage the Bones.
  • Four of the ten authors are nominated for debut work.
  • Eight of the ten longlisted authors are women.
  • Six of the ten longlisted authors are people of color.

Without further ado, here you go:

Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman

The King is Always Above the People: Stories by Danial Alarcón

Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado

A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Barren Island by Carol Zoref

The judges this year are:

  • Alexander Chee
  • Dave Eggers
  • Annie Philbrick
  • Karolina Waclawiak
  • Jacqueline Woodson

The shortlist will be announced on October 4th and winners announced on November 15th.


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