National Book Critics Circle for Fiction

awarded since 1975.

 

2013 selection

Americanah

National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 2013

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

One of The New York Times's Ten Best Books of the Year

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

An NPR "Great Reads" Book, a Chicago Tribune Best Book, a Washington Post Notable Book, a Seattle...


2012 selection

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

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

by Ben Fountain & Oliver Wyman

A finalist for the National Book Award!

A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents at "the battle of Al-Ansakar Canal"—three minutes and forty-three seconds of intense warfare caught on tape by an embedded...


2010 selection

A Visit from the Goon Squad

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2011, National Book Critics Circle 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

Wolf Hall

Walter Scott Prize 2010, Man Booker Prize 2009, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 2009

by Hilary Mantel

In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII’s court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king’s favor and ascend to the heights of political power

England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster....


2007 selection

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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

by Junot Diaz

Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most...


2006 selection

The Inheritance of Loss

National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 2006

by Kiran Desai

In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas lives an embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace, when his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The...


2005 selection

The March: A Novel

PEN/Faulkner Award 2006, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 2005

by E.L. Doctorow

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD

WINNER OF THE PEN/FAULKNER AWARD

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In 1864, Union general William Tecumseh Sherman marched his sixty thousand troops through Georgia to the...


2004 selection

Gilead

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2005, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 2004

by Marilynne Robinson

2005 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction 2004 National Book Critics Circle Winner In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears....


2003 selection

The Known World

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2005, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2004, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 2003

by Edward P. Jones

In one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Edward P. Jones, two-time National Book Award finalist, tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of...


2002 selection

Atonement: A Novel

National Book Critics Circle 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;...


2001 selection

Austerlitz

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2002, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 2001

by W.G. Sebald & James Wood

Austerlitz, the internationally acclaimed masterpiece by “one of the most gripping writers imaginable” (The New York Review of Books), is the story of a man’s search for the answer to his life’s central...


1999 selection

Motherless Brooklyn: A Novel

Gold Dagger Award 2000, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 1999

by Jonathan Lethem

From America's most inventive novelist, Jonathan Lethem, comes this compelling and compulsive riff on the classic detective novel.

Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn's very own self-appointed Human Freakshow, an orphan...


1994 selection

The Stone Diaries: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1995, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 1994

by Carol Shields & Penelope Lively

In celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of its original publication, Carol Shields's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is now available in a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition

ONE OF THE MOST successful and acclaimed...


1993 selection

A Lesson Before Dying: A Novel

National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 1993

by Ernest J. Gaines

A Lesson Before Dying, is set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s.  Jefferson, a young black man, is an unwitting party to a liquor store shoot out in which three men are killed; the only survivor,...


1991 selection

A Thousand Acres: A Novel

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1992, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 1991

by Jane Smiley

A successful Iowa farmer decides to divide his farm between his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. This sets off a chain of events that brings dark truths to light and explodes...


1990 selection

Rabbit at Rest

Rabbit Angstrom #4

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1991, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 1990

by John Updike

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Howells Medal, and the National Book Critics Circle Award

 

In John Updike’s fourth and final novel about Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, the hero has acquired a Florida condo,...


1989 selection

Billy Bathgate: A Novel

PEN/Faulkner Award 1990, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 1989

by E.L. Doctorow

To open this book is to enter the perilous, thrilling world of Billy Bathgate, the brazen boy who is accepted into the inner circle of the notorious Dutch Schultz gang. Like an urban Tom Sawyer, Billy takes...


1985 selection

The Accidental Tourist: A Novel

National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 1985

by Anne Tyler

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Anne Tyler's The Beginner's Goodbye.

Macon Leary is a travel writer who hates both travel and anything out of the ordinary. He is grounded by loneliness and an unwillingness...


1981 selection

Rabbit Is Rich

Rabbit Angstrom #3

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1982, National Book Award for Fiction 1982, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 1981

by John Updike

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award

 

The hero of John Updike’s Rabbit, Run, ten years after the events of Rabbit Redux, has come to enjoy considerable...


1978 selection

The Stories of John Cheever

National Book Award for Fiction 1981, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1979, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 1978

by John Cheever

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

When The Stories of John Cheever was originally published, it became an immediate national bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize.  In the years since, it has...


1977 selection

Song of Solomon

National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 1977

by Toni Morrison

Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined...


1975 selection

Ragtime: A Novel

National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 1975

by E.L. Doctorow

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

Published in 1975, Ragtime changed our very concept of what a novel could be. An extraordinary tapestry, Ragtime captures the spirit of...