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2022 Kirkus Prize Finalists

  • FICTION

    SCARY MONSTERS

    APRIL 12, 2022

FICTION

SCARY MONSTERS

by Michelle de Kretser

De Kretser, one of our most deeply intelligent writers, offers a book that is wry and heartbreaking, playful and profound. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    TRUST

    MAY 3, 2022

FICTION

TRUST

by Hernan Diaz

A clever and affecting high-concept novel of high finance. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    GOD'S CHILDREN ARE LITTLE BROKEN THINGS

    JUNE 7, 2022

FICTION

GOD'S CHILDREN ARE LITTLE BROKEN THINGS

by Arinze Ifeakandu

Deftly capturing the richness and dangers of romantic connection, these stories complicate and reimagine queer narratives. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    MECCA

    MARCH 15, 2022

FICTION

MECCA

by Susan Straight

This is a novel that pushes back against the clichés of Southern California to reveal the complex human territory underneath. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    SCATTERED ALL OVER THE EARTH

    MARCH 1, 2022

FICTION

SCATTERED ALL OVER THE EARTH

by Yoko Tawada ; translated by Margaret Mitsutani

Who decides what’s authentic? Tawada will tell you that’s in flux and always has been. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE BOOKS OF JACOB

    FEB. 1, 2022

FICTION

THE BOOKS OF JACOB

by Olga Tokarczuk ; translated by Jennifer Croft

A massive achievement that will intrigue and baffle readers for years to come. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    BY HANDS NOW KNOWN

    SEPT. 27, 2022

NONFICTION

BY HANDS NOW KNOWN

by Margaret A. Burnham

An indispensable addition to the literature of social justice and civil rights. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE FACEMAKER

    JUNE 7, 2022

  • NONFICTION

    THE 1619 PROJECT

    NOV. 16, 2021

HISTORY

THE 1619 PROJECT

edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones & Caitlin Roper & Ilena Silverman & Jake Silverstein

A much-needed book that stakes a solid place in a battlefield of ideas over America’s past and present. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THESE PRECIOUS DAYS

    NOV. 23, 2021

NONFICTION

THESE PRECIOUS DAYS

by Ann Patchett

An enviable life shared with candor, emotion, and knockout storytelling power. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    IN SENSORIUM

    FEB. 22, 2022

NONFICTION

IN SENSORIUM

by Tanaïs

A heady pleasure of language in love with the author’s many subjects, and perfectly suited to them. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    AN IMMENSE WORLD

    JUNE 21, 2022

NONFICTION

AN IMMENSE WORLD

by Ed Yong

One of the year’s best popular natural histories. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE YEAR WE LEARNED TO FLY

    JAN. 4, 2022

CHILDREN'S

THE YEAR WE LEARNED TO FLY

by Jacqueline Woodson ; illustrated by Rafael López

An uplifting story that will inspire kids, especially brown girls and boys, to dream. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE GOLDEN HOUR

    NOV. 23, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE TROUBLED GIRLS OF DRAGOMIR ACADEMY

    OCT. 12, 2021

  • TEEN

    HIMAWARI HOUSE

    NOV. 9, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

HIMAWARI HOUSE

by Harmony Becker ; illustrated by Harmony Becker

An unforgettable story of personal growth in an exquisitely rendered setting. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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