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Gordon Burn Prize 2018

by Jesse Ball

NAMED A RECOMMENDED BOOK OF 2018 BY

The New York Times The Chicago Reader Nylon   The Boston Globe • The Huffington Post • The Rumpus   The AV Club • Southern Living • The Millions...


Slip of a Fish

Northern Book Prize 2018

by Amy Arnold

Ash collects words, climbs trees and swims in a deserted lake with her beloved seven-year-old, Charlie. Bemused by everyday life, she has a rich and singular interior world. Over the course of a relentlessly...


The Life to Come

Miles Franklin Award 2018

by Michelle de Kretser

  • de Kretser is a master of immersive detail; she tells her story as much through a series of intimately recalled, gorgeously memorable images as she does her charming cast of characters
  • The Life to Come weaves...

  • The Gift

    Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Fiction 2018

    by Barbara Browning

    In the midst of Occupy, Barbara Andersen begins spamming people indiscriminately with ukulele covers of sentimental songs. A series of inappropriate intimacies ensued, including an erotically charged correspondence...


    The Others

    Believer Book Award 2017

    by Matthew Rohrer

    A gripping, eerie, and hilarious novel-in-verse from poet Matthew Rohrer. In a Russian-doll of fictional episodes, we follow a midlevel publishing assistant over the course of a day as he encounters ghost stories,...


    The Angel of History: A Novel

    Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction 2017, Arab American Book Award for Fiction 2017

    by Rabih Alameddine

    “There are many ways to break someone’s heart, but Rabih Alameddine is one rare writer who not only breaks our hearts but gives every broken piece a new life.”—Yiyun Li

    Following the critical and commercial...


    A Book of American Martyrs

    Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller 2017

    by Joyce Carol Oates

    “Oates’ American saga captivates because it exists within an actual drama playing out across the country...Martyrs is a graceful and excruciating story of two families who do not live very far apart, but...


    Improvement

    PEN/Faulkner Award 2018, National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2017

    by Joan Silber

    The splendid new novel by the critically acclaimed author of Fools and Ideas of Heaven, a Finalist for the National Book Award

    One of our most gifted writers of fiction returns with a bold and piercing novel...


    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...


    LaRose

    National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2016

    by Louise Erdrich

    Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction

    Finalist for the 2017 PEN Faulkner Award

    In this literary masterwork, Louise Erdrich, the bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning The...


    You Don't Have to Live Like This

    James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 2015

    by Benjamin Markovits

    A frighteningly prescient novel of today’s America—one man’s story of a racially charged real estate experiment in Detroit, Michigan.

    “You get in the habit of living a certain kind of life, you keep going...


    Faces in the Crowd

    Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction 2014

    by Valeria Luiselli & Christina Macsweeney

    Collapsing narratives and the perils of translation from "one of the most important new voices in Mexican writing." (Alma Guillermoprieto)


    Pig Iron

    Gordon Burn Prize 2013

    by Benjamin Myers

    WINNER of THE 2013 GORDON BURN PRIZE. 'Brilliant.' The Guardian.' PIG IRON is the story of a traveller who hasn't travelled; a young man fighting for his surname and his very survival. "They knew of the Wisdoms....


    The Death of Bees

    Commonwealth Book Prize 2013

    by Lisa O'Donnell

    A riveting, brilliantly written debut novel, The Death of Bees is a coming-of-age story in which two young sisters attempt to hold the world at bay after the mysterious death of their parents.

    Marnie and Nelly,...


    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.


    Maidenhead

    Believer Book Award 2012

    by Tamara Faith Berger

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


    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.”...


    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,...


    Leaving the Atocha Station

    Believer Book Award 2011

    by Ben Lerner

    Adam Gordon is a brilliant, if highly unreliable, young American poet on a prestigious fellowship in Madrid, struggling to establish his sense of self and his relationship to art. What is actual when our experiences...


    The Instructions

    NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2011

    by Adam Levin

    Beginning with a chance encounter with the beautiful Eliza June Watermark and ending, four days and 900 pages later, with the Events of November 17, this is the story of Gurion Maccabee, age ten: a lover, a...