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God Is Dead

NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2008

by Jr., Ron Currie

An electrifying debut from a provocative new voice in fiction that will remind readers of the best of Vonnegut

Ron Currie’s gutsy, funny book is instantly gripping: If God takes human form and dies, what...

De Niro's Game: A Novel

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2008

by Rawi Hage


De Niro’s Game plunges readers into the timely story of two young men caught in Lebanon’s civil war. Bassam and George, best friends in childhood,...

The Septembers of Shiraz

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize 2008

by Dalia Sofer

In the aftermath of the Iranian revolution, rare-gem dealer Isaac Amin is arrested, wrongly accused of being a spy. Terrified by his disappearance, his family must reconcile a new world of cruelty and chaos...


Trillium Book Award 2008

by Barbara Gowdy

From the internationally acclaimed author of The White Bone and The Romantic, a haunting and suspenseful novel of abduction and obsessive love

Nine-year-old Rachel Fox has the face of an angel, a heart-stopping...

The Origin of Species

Governor General's Award for Fiction 2008

by Nino Ricci

Winner of the 2008 Governor General’s Award for Fiction

Montreal during the turbulent mid-1980s: Chernobyl has set Geiger counters thrumming across the globe, HIV/AIDS is cutting a deadly swath through the...

Gifted: A Novel

Desmond Elliott Prize 2008

by Nikita Lalwani

Rumi Vasi is 10 years, 2 months, 13 days, 2 hours, 42 minutes, and 6 seconds old. She’s figured that the likelihood of her walking home from school with the boy she likes, John Kemble, is 0.2142, a probability...

Finding Nouf: A Novel

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction 2008

by Zoë Ferraris

Zoë Ferraris’s electrifying debut of taut psychological suspense offers an unprecedented window into Saudi Arabia and the lives of men and women there. When sixteen-year-old Nouf goes missing, along with...


Women's Prize for Fiction 2009, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 2008

by Marilynne Robinson

Hundreds of thousands were enthralled by the luminous voice of John Ames in Gilead, Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. Home is an entirely independent, deeply affecting novel that takes place...

The Good Thief

Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2008

by Hannah Tinti

Richly imagined, gothically spooky, and replete with the ingenious storytelling ability of a born novelist, The Good Thief introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction and ratifies...


Man Asian Literary Prize 2008

by Miguel Syjuco

Garnering international prizes and acclaim before its publication, Ilustrado has been called "brilliantly conceived and stylishly executed . . .It is also ceaselessly entertaining, frequently raunchy, and effervescent...

Someone Knows My Name: A Novel

Commonwealth Best Book Prize 2008

by Lawrence Hill

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. "Wonderfully written...populated by vivid characters and rendered in fascinating detail."—Nancy Kline, New York Times Book Review Kidnapped from Africa as a child,...

The New Moon's Arms

Prix Aurora Best novel 2008

by Nalo Hopkinson

First it's her mother's missing gold brooch. Then, a blue and white dish she hasn't seen in years. Followed by an entire grove of cashew trees.

When objects begin appearing out of nowhere, Calamity knows that...

A Golden Age

Commonwealth Best First Book Prize 2008

by Tahmima Anam

Rehana Haque, a young widow, blissfully prepares for the party she will host for her son and daughter. But this is 1971 in East Pakistan, and change is in the air.

Set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh War...

The Road Home: A Novel

Women's Prize for Fiction 2008

by Rose Tremain

In the wake of factory closings and his beloved wife's death, Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to London, seeking work to support his mother and his little daughter. After a spell of homelessness, he finds...

The Great Man

PEN/Faulkner Award 2008

by Kate Christensen

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Oscar Feldman, the renowned figurative painter, has passed away. As his obituary notes, Oscar is survived by his wife, Abigail, their son, Ethan, and his sister,...

Shadow Country

National Book Award for Fiction 2008

by Peter Matthiessen


Peter Matthiessen’s great American epic–Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man’s River, and Bone by Bone–was conceived as one vast mysterious novel, but because of its length...

The Dream Life of Sukhanov

NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2007

by Olga Grushin

Olga Grushin’s astonishing literary debut has won her comparisons with everyone from Gogol to Nabokov. A virtuoso study in betrayal and its consequences, it explores—really, colonizes—the consciousness of...

Pravda: A Novel

Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize 2007

by Edward Docx

A sweeping transcontinental novel of secrets and lies buried within a single family

Thirty-two-year-old Gabriel Glover arrives in St. Petersburg to find his mother dead in her apartment. Reeling from grief, Gabriel...

Paula Spencer

Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award 2007

by Roddy Doyle

"Pure, undiluted pleasure" (The Washington Post) from Booker Prize- winning author Roddy Doyle

Roddy Doyle 's beautifully wrought tale revisits the Dublin housewife-heroine of his earlier acclaimed novel, The...

A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize 2007

by Janna Levin

Kurt Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems sent shivers through Vienna’s intellectual circles and directly challenged Ludwig Wittgenstein’s dominant philosophy. Alan Turing’s mathematical genius helped him...