Believer Book Award

Believer Book Award is an American literary award presented yearly by The Believer magazine to novels and story collections the magazine's editors thought were the "strongest and most under-appreciated" of the year. A shortlist and longlist are announced, along with reader's favorites, then a final winner is selected by the magazine's editors. The inaugural award was in 2005 for books published in 2004.

 

2012 selection

Maidenhead

Believer Book Award 2012

by Tamara Berger

"Like Anaïs Nin, Berger pays little attention to what is expected of a woman writing smut." – Globe and Mail


2010 selection

Next: A Novel

Believer Book Award 2010

by James Hynes & Jimmy Liao

One Man, one day, and a novel bursting with drama, comedy, and humanity.

Kevin Quinn is a standard-variety American male: middle-aged, liberal-leaning, self-centered, emotionally damaged, generally determined...


2009 selection

I Am Not Sidney Poitier

Believer Book Award 2009

by Percival Everett

An irresistible comic novel from the master storyteller Percival Everett, and an irreverent take on race, class, and identity in America

I was, in life, to be a gambler, a risk-taker, a swashbuckler, a knight....


2008 selection

Novel About My Wife

Believer Book Award 2008

by Emily Perkins

A terrified young husband narrates this taut Gothic thriller about his gorgeous wife's descent into madness-a stunning, suspenseful novel from a rising literary star


2007 selection

Remainder

Believer Book Award 2007

by Tom Mccarthy

A man is severely injured in a mysterious accident, receives an outrageous sum in legal compensation, and has no idea what to do with it.

Then, one night, an ordinary sight sets off a series of bizarre visions...


2004 selection

Home Land

Believer Book Award 2004

by Sam Lipsyte

What if somebody finally wrote to his high school alumni bulletin and told...the truth! Here is an update from hell, and the most brilliant work to date, by the novelist whom Jeffrey Eugenides calls "original,...