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Severance

NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2019

by Ling Ma

Maybe it's the end of the world, but not for Candace Chen, a millennial, first-generation American and office drone meandering her way into adulthood in Ling Ma's offbeat, wryly funny, apocalyptic satire, Severance...


Census

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 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,...


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...


The Sellout

Man Booker Prize 2016, National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2015

by Paul Beatty

Winner of the Man Booker Prize

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction

Winner of the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature

New York Times Bestseller

Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Named One of the...


In the Light of What We Know

James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 2014

by Zia Haider Rahman

A bold, epic debut novel set during the war and financial crisis that defined the beginning of our century

One September morning in 2008, an investment banker approaching forty, his career in collapse and his...


Lost for Words

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2014

by Edward St. Aubyn

Edward St. Aubyn is "great at dissecting an entire social world" (Michael Chabon, Los Angeles Times)

Edward St. Aubyn's Patrick Melrose novels were some of the most celebrated works of fiction of the past decade....


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....


This Is the Way

Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award 2013

by Gavin Corbett

Anthony Sonaghan is hiding out in an old tenement house in Dublin: he fears he's reignited an ancient feud between the two halves of his family. Twenty-first-century Dublin may have shopping malls and foreign...


Where the Moon Isn't

Costa Book Award for Best First Novel 2013

by Nathan Filer

Winner of the 2013 Costa First Novel Award (under the title The Shock of the Fall)

"A stunning novel. Ambitious and exquisitely realized . . . clearly the work of a major new talent." --S. J. Watson, New York...


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,...


Scenes from Early Life

Ondaatje Prize 2013

by Philip Hensher

From the Man Booker-short-listed author of The Northern Clemency, a family and a nation--Bangladesh--are forged through storytelling, conversation, jokes, feuds, blood, songs, bravery, and sacrifice

In late...


The Land of Decoration

Desmond Elliott Prize 2012

by Grace McCleen

A mesmerizing debut about a young girl whose steadfast belief and imagination bring everything she once held dear into treacherous balance

In Grace McCleen's harrowing, powerful debut, she introduces an unforgettable...


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.