2017 Finalists: fiction

WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY by Lesley Nneka Arimah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Heralds a new voice with certain staying power."
Nigeria serves as a prism refracting the myriad experiences of both former and current inhabitants. Read full book review >
EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"One of the most bittersweet love stories in modern memory and a book to savor even while despairing of its truths."
Hamid (Discontent and Its Civilizations, 2014, etc.) crafts a richly imaginative tale of love and loss in the ashes of civil war. Read full book review >
WHITE TEARS by Hari Kunzru
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A well-turned and innovative tale that cannily connects old-time blues and modern-day minstrelsy."
Record collecting turns dangerous in a smart, time-bending tale about cultural appropriation. Read full book review >
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An exceptional and pungently inventive first book."
Machado's debut collection brings together eight stories that showcase her fluency in the bizarre, magical, and sharply frightening depths of the imagination. Read full book review >
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Everything that her readers, the National Book Award committee, and the Pulitzer Prize judges love about McDermott's (Someone, 2013, etc.) stories of Irish-Catholic American life is back in her eighth novel."
In Brooklyn in the early 20th century, The Little Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor are intimately involved in the lives of their community. Read full book review >
SING, UNBURIED, SING by Jesmyn Ward
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"As with the best and most meaningful American fiction these days, old truths are recast here in new realities rife with both peril and promise."
The terrible beauty of life along the nation's lower margins is summoned in this bold, bright, and sharp-eyed road novel. Read full book review >

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ABOUT THE KIRKUS PRIZE

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.