2014 Winner: fiction

EUPHORIA by Lily King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2014

"A small gem, disturbing and haunting."
King (Father of the Rain, 2010, etc.) changes the names (and the outcome) in this atmospheric romantic fiction set in New Guinea and clearly based on anthropologist Margaret Mead's relationship with her second and third husbands, R.F. Fortune and Gregory Bateson—neither a slouch in his own right. Read full book review >
THE BLAZING WORLD by Siri Hustvedt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2014

"Blazing indeed: not just with Harry's fury, but with agonizing compassion for all of wounded humanity."
An embittered female artist plays a trick on critics that goes badly awry in Hustvedt's latest (The Summer Without Men, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
ALL OUR NAMES by Dinaw Mengestu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"Weighted with sorrow and gravitas, another superb story by Mengestu, who is among the best novelists now at work in America."
What's in a name? Identity of a kind, perhaps, but nothing like stability, and perhaps nothing like truth. So Mengestu (How to Read the Air, 2010, etc.) ponders in this elegiac, moving novel, his third. Read full book review >
FLORENCE GORDON by Brian Morton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Always a pleasure to read for his well-drawn characters, quiet insight and dialogue that crackles with wit, Morton here raises his own bar in all three areas. He also joins a sadly small club of male writers who have created memorable heroines."
Unexpected celebrity and long-absent family members distract a heroically cantankerous 1960s-era activist in the summer of 2009 as she reluctantly confronts the challenges of age. Read full book review >
THE REMEDY FOR LOVE by Bill Roorbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Lyrical, reserved and sometimes unsettling—and those are the happier moments. Another expertly delivered portrait of the world from Roorbach (Life Among Giants, 2012, etc.), that poet of hopeless tangles."
A closely observed meditation on isolation and loneliness "in a world in which no social problem was addressed till it was a disaster." Read full book review >
THE PAYING GUESTS by Sarah Waters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Waters keeps getting better, if that's even possible after the sheer perfection of her earlier novels."
An exquisitely tuned exploration of class in post-Edwardian Britain—with really hot sex. Read full book review >

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The Kirkus Prize is one of the richest literary awards in the world, with a prize of $50,000 bestowed annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature. It was created to celebrate the 81 years of discerning, thoughtful criticism Kirkus Reviews has contributed to both the publishing industry and readers at large. Books that earned the Kirkus Star with publication dates between Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017 (see FAQ for exceptions), are automatically nominated for the 2017 Kirkus Prize, and the winners will be selected on November 2, 2017, by an esteemed panel composed of nationally respected writers and highly regarded booksellers, librarians and Kirkus critics.