Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction

 

2017 selection

The Veins of the Ocean: A Novel

Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction 2017

by Patricia Engel

“Engel has an eye for detail. She knows how to drown the reader in a sense of enchantment... She writes exquisite moments.”—Roxane Gay, The Nation

Reina Castillo is the alluring young woman whose beloved...


2016 selection

The Sympathizer: A Novel

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2016, Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2016, Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction 2016, Center for Fiction First Novel Prize 2015

by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as six other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared...


2015 selection

The Great Glass Sea

Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction 2015

by Josh Weil

From sensational storyteller, Josh Weil, comes an epic tale of brotherly love, a sui generis novel swathed in the all the magic of Russian folklore and set against the backdrop of an all too possible dystopian...


2013 selection

The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2013, Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction 2013

by Adam Johnson

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, New York Times betselling novel of North Korea: an epic journey into the heart of the world’s most mysterious dictatorship.

“Imagine Charles Dickens paying a visit to Pyongyang,...


2012 selection

The Sojourn

Chautauqua Prize 2012, Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction 2012

by Andrew Krivak

A stunning debut novel of brutality and survival on the Southern Front of World War I.


2011 selection

The Surrendered

Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction 2011

by Chang-rae Lee

Read an essay by Chang-rae Lee here.

The bestselling, award-winning writer of Native Speaker, A Gesture Life, and Aloft returns with his biggest, most ambitious novel yet: a spellbinding story of how love and...


2010 selection

The Book of Night Women

Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction 2010

by Marlon James

From the WINNER of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for A Brief History of Seven Killings

"An undeniable success.” — The New York Times Book Review

A true triumph of voice and storytelling, The Book of Night Women...


2008 selection

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2008, Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction 2008, National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2007, Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2007

by Junot Diaz

Winner of:

The Pulitzer Prize

The National Book Critics Circle Award

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

The Jon Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize

Time Magazine #1 Fiction Book of the Year

One of the best books of...


2006 selection

A Changed Man

Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction 2006

by Francine Prose

What is charismatic Holocaust survivor Meyer Maslow to think when a rough-looking young neo-Nazi named Vincent Nolan walks into the Manhattan office of Maslow's human rights foundation and declares that he wants...