2016 Nominees: fiction

A CHANGE OF HEART by Sonali Dev
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Dev takes the characters and the reader on a death-defying ride. A novelist at the height of her powers."
Mystery, adventure, and romance are spiced with Bollywood glamour in this heart-stopping novel. Read full book review >
MERCURY by Margot Livesey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Uncharacteristically dark, yet more evidence of Livesey's formidable gifts."
Another probing study of the way character shapes our destinies from the author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy (2012), etc. Read full book review >
THE VANISHING YEAR by Kate Moretti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Fans of twisted thrillers featuring complex female characters will devour Moretti's latest."
A woman tries to hide—and outrun—her past in this fast-paced thriller from Moretti (Binds That Tie, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
THE GUSTAV SONATA by Rose Tremain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Spanning the decades from 1937 to 2002, Tremain's novel is less sprawling than it is deeply intimate, a soul-stirring song about friendship, conscience, and love."
Like an intense, beautiful, and deeply moving piece of music, Tremain's captivating historical novel hits all the right notes. Read full book review >
A NIGHT WITHOUT STARS by Peter F. Hamilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"An atomic blast of a yarn. Hamilton in peak form and absolutely not to be missed."
Hamilton's latest (a relatively slender 704 pages) brings to a furious boil the two-book saga (The Abyss Beyond Dreams, 2014) describing human colony planet Bienvenido's unremitting battle against the hostile alien Fallers. Read full book review >
TYNSET by Wolfgang Hildesheimer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2016

"An opaquely powerful work about obsession, delusion, repression, and guilt."
An insomniac's thoughts ravel out across the night. Read full book review >
DAISY IN CHAINS by Sharon Bolton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"No detail should be missed, no nuance overlooked in Bolton's chilling tale of a master manipulator who leaves nothing to chance."
A serial killer bids for freedom with the aid of an unconventional lawyer. Read full book review >
DEATH'S END  by Cixin Liu
Kirkus Star
by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Liu's trilogy is the first major work of science fiction to come to the West out of China, and it's a masterpiece."
What if alien civilizations do exist? In this final installment of a stunning and provocative trilogy (The Dark Forest, 2015, etc.), Liu teases out the grim, unsettling implications. Read full book review >
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD by Stephanie Bishop
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An artfully rendered meditation on marriage, home, and identity."
Charlotte, a young mother in 1960s Cambridge, England, longs for her pre-baby artist self. Read full book review >
REPUTATIONS by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A brisk and sophisticated study of a conscience in crisis."
A Colombian political cartoonist has second thoughts about a takedown he delivered decades earlier. Read full book review >
THE WONDER by Emma Donoghue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Her contemporary thriller Room (2010) made the author an international bestseller, but this gripping tale offers a welcome reminder that her historical fiction is equally fine."
An English nurse confronts Irish history and entrenched prejudices—some of them hers—in this stinging latest from Donoghue (Frog Music, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
BLIND SIGHT  by Carol O'Connell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Colorful and appealing (or appalling) characters make this one a winner for crime-fic fans."
The twelfth in a series of clever crime novels featuring scary-smart Kathy Mallory (It Happens in the Dark, 2013, etc.). 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 November 1, 2015, and October 31, 2016 (see FAQ for exceptions), are automatically nominated for the 2016 Kirkus Prize, and the winners will be selected on November 3, 2016, by an esteemed panel composed of nationally respected writers and highly regarded booksellers, librarians and Kirkus critics.