Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction

 

2014 selection

The Blazing World: A Novel

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 2014

by Siri Hustvedt

Longlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize and hailed by The Washington Post as “Siri Hustvedt’s best novel yet, an electrifying work,” The Blazing World is a masterful novel about perception, prejudice,...


2013 selection

A Tale for the Time Being

Kitschies Red Tentacle Award 2013, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 2013

by Ruth Ozeki

A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki—shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award

“A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means...


2012 selection

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2012, National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2012, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 2012

by Ben Fountain

New York Times Bestseller

Now a Major Motion Picture

“Brilliantly done . . . grand, intimate, and joyous.”

—New York Times Book Review

“Mothers, father, sons, and daughters: read this giant-hearted novel.”...


2010 selection

A Visit from the Goon Squad

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2011, National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2010, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 2010

by Jennifer Egan

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

National Book Critics Circle Award Winner

PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist

A New York Times Book Review Best Book

One of the Best Books of the Year: Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast,...


2009 selection

A Happy Marriage

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 2009

by Rafael Yglesias

A Happy Marriage is both intimate and expansive: It is the story of Enrique Sabas and his wife, Margaret, a novel that alternates between the romantic misadventures of the first weeks of their courtship and...


2008 selection

Home

Women's Prize for Fiction 2009, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 2008

by Marilynne Robinson

Hundreds of thousands were enthralled by the luminous voice of John Ames in Gilead, Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. Home is an entirely independent, deeply affecting novel that takes place...


2007 selection

Be Near Me

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 2007

by Andrew O'Hagan

"Always trust a stranger," said David’s mother when he returned from Rome. "It’s the people you know who let you down."

Half a life later, David is Father Anderton, a Catholic priest with a small parish...


2003 selection

Train

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 2003

by Pete Dexter

Train is a 18-year-old black caddy at an exclusive L.A. country club. He is a golf prodigy, but the year is 1953 and there is no such thing as a black golf prodigy. Nevertheless, Train draws the interest of...


2002 selection

Atonement: A Novel

National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2002, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 2002

by Ian Mcewan

The novel opens on a sweltering summer day in 1935 at the Tallis family’s mansion in the Surrey countryside. Thirteen-year-old Briony has written a play in honor of the visit of her adored older brother Leon;...


2000 selection

Assorted Fire Events

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 2000

by David Means & Donald Antrim

Upon its publication, Assorted Fire Events won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and received tremendous critical praise. Ranging across America, taking...


1998 selection

The Rings of Saturn

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 1998

by W. G. Sebald & Michael Hulse

Shortlisted for the 1998 Los Angeles Times Book Award in Fiction: "Stunning and strange . . . Sebald has done what every writer dreams of doing. . . . The book is like a dream you want to last forever. . . ....


1996 selection

A Fine Balance

Commonwealth Best Book Prize 1996, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 1996, Giller Prize 1995

by Rohinton Mistry

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The...


1995 selection

The Blue Afternoon: Volume 1

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 1995

by William Boyd

"A perfect-pitch story of love and redemption" (The New York Times), Boyd's atmospheric new novel confirms his reputation as heir to the grand narrative traditions of Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham. In 1936...


1993 selection

Pigs in Heaven

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 1993

by Barbara Kingsolver

Picking up where her modern classic The Bean Trees left off, Barbara Kingsolver’s bestselling Pigs in Heaven continues the tale of Turtle and Taylor Greer, a Native American girl and her adoptive mother who...


1991 selection

White People

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 1991

by Allan Gurganus

From Allan Gurganus, author of the beloved, bestselling Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters,...


1987 selection

Fools Crow

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 1987

by James Welch

The 25th-anniversary edition of "a novel that in the sweep and inevitability of its events...is a major contribution to Native American literature." (Wallace Stegner)

In the Two Medicine Territory of Montana,...


1986 selection

The Handmaid's Tale

Arthur C. Clarke Award 1987, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 1986

by Margaret Atwood

A novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States, now called the Republic of Gilead, a...


1982 selection

A Flag for Sunrise

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 1982

by Robert Stone

An emotional, dramatic and philosophical novel about Americans drawn into a small Central American country on the brink of revolution.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


1981 selection

The White Hotel

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 1981

by D. M. Thomas

It is a dream of electrifying eroticism and inexplicable violence, recounted by a young woman to her analyst, Sigmund Freud. It is a horrifying yet restrained narrative of the Holocaust. It is a searing vision...