National Book Award for Fiction

awarded since 1950.

 

2012 selection

The Round House

National Book Award for Fiction 2012

by Louise Erdrich

The Round House won the National Book Award for fiction.

One of the most revered novelists of our time—a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life—Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling,...


2007 selection

Tree of Smoke

National Book Award for Fiction 2007

by Denis Johnson

Once upon a time there was a war . . . and a young American who thought of himself as the Quiet American and the Ugly American, and who wished to be neither, who wanted instead to be the Wise American, or the...


2006 selection

The Echo Maker

National Book Award for Fiction 2006

by Richard Powers

On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, 27-year-old Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near-fatal accident. His older sister Karin, his only near kin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark...


2004 selection

The News from Paraguay

National Book Award for Fiction 2004

by Lily Tuck

The year is l854. In Paris, Francisco Solano -- the future dictator of Paraguay -- begins his courtship of the young, beautiful Irish courtesan Ella Lynch with a poncho, a Paraguayan band, and ahorse named Mathilde....


2003 selection

The Great Fire

Miles Franklin Award 2004, National Book Award for Fiction 2003

by Shirley Hazzard

A great writer's sweeping story of men and women struggling to reclaim their lives in the aftermath of world conflict

The Great Fire is Shirley Hazzard's first novel since The Transit of Venus, which won the...


2001 selection

The Corrections

James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 2002, National Book Award for Fiction 2001

by Jonathan Franzen

Winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction

Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award

An American Library Association Notable Book

Jonathan Franzen's third novel, The Corrections, is a great work...


2000 selection

In America

National Book Award for Fiction 2000

by Susan Sontag

A glorious, sweeping new novel from the bestselling author of The Volcano Lover.

The Volcano Lover, Susan Sontag's bestselling 1992 novel, retold the love story of Emma Lady Hamilton and Lord Nelson with consummate...


1998 selection

Charming Billy

National Book Award for Fiction 1998

by Alice Mcdermott

Alice McDermott tells the story of Billy Lynch within the complex matrix of a tightly knit Irish American community, in a voice that is resonant and full of deep feeling. Charming Billy is a masterpiece about...


1990 selection

Middle Passage

National Book Award for Fiction 1990

by Charles Johnson

It is 1830. Rutherford Calhoun, a newly treed slave and irrepressible rogue, is desperate to escape unscrupulous bill collectors and an impending marriage to a priggish schoolteacher. He jumps aboard the first...


1976 selection

J R

National Book Award for Fiction 1976

by William Gaddis & Rick Moody

A great masterpiece by William Gaddis, with a new introduction by Rick Moody.


1972 selection

The Complete Stories

National Book Award for Fiction 1972

by Flannery O'Connor & Robert Giroux

Winner of the National Book Award

The publication of this extraordinary volume firmly established Flannery O'Connor's monumental contribution to American fiction. There are thirty-one stories here in all, including...


1969 selection

Steps

National Book Award for Fiction 1969

by Jerzy Kosinski

Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction

From the esteemed author of the classics The Painted Bird and Being There comes this award-winning novel about one man's sexual and sensual experiences, the fabric...


1968 selection

The Eighth Day

National Book Award for Fiction 1968

by Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder’s renowned 1967 National Book Award–winning novel features a foreword by John Updike and an afterword by Tappan Wilder, who draws on such unique sources as Wilder’s unpublished letters,...


1967 selection

The Fixer

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1967, National Book Award for Fiction 1967

by Bernard Malamud & Jonathan Safran Foer

The Fixer is the winner of the 1967 National Book Award for Fiction and the 1967 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The Fixer (1966) is Bernard Malamud's best-known and most acclaimed novel -- one that makes manifest...


1959 selection

The Magic Barrel

National Book Award for Fiction 1959

by Bernard Malamud & Jhumpa Lahiri

Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction

Introduction by Jhumpa Lahiri

Bernard Malamud's first book of short stories, The Magic Barrel, has been recognized as a classic from the time it was published in...