2015 Nominees: fiction

LIBERTY BAZAAR by David Chadwick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"This offbeat, refreshingly absorbing Civil War novel features impeccable research and well-realized main characters."
In Chadwick's (High Seas to Home, 2012) historical novel, an escaped slave girl and a former Confederate general meet in 1863 Liverpool. Read full book review >
CRUSH by Phoef Sutton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"This one could make it to the big screen, but don't wait for the movie. Buy the book. It may be the first of a long series."
A fast, crazy crime thriller filled with humor and smatterings of blood. Read full book review >
PROPHETS OF ETERNAL FJORD by Kim Leine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 2015

"A boreal classic in the making, brooding and memorable, reminiscent of James Houston's great novel The White Dawn in its narrative sweep and evocation of an unforgiving land."
A pensive, provocative, altogether extraordinary novel of a small-scale clash of cultures and its tragic consequences. Read full book review >
MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Entertaining and unpredictable; Reid makes a compelling argument for happiness in every life."
Reid's latest (After I Do, 2014, etc.) explores two parallel universes in which a young woman hopes to find her soul mate and change her life for the better. Read full book review >
THE WAY THINGS WERE by Aatish Taseer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A timeless, masterful epic."
In this ambitious novel, Taseer chronicles 40 years of modern Indian history through the eyes of a father and son, both scholars of the ancient Indian language Sanskrit. Read full book review >
TAKING PITY by David Mark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Mark's fourth (Sorrow Bound, 2014, etc.) is a dark, bloody, twisting tale of love, hate, and greed you can't put down."
The Serious and Organized Crime Unit battles a vast criminal organization. Read full book review >
THE TELLING by Jo Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A delicate, atmospheric ghost story with satisfying layers of insight and substance."
In a decaying English country cottage, the past bleeds hauntingly into the present after a fragile young woman's arrival activates echoes of grief and loss. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH AND OTHER LIES by Sascha Arango
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"German screenwriter Arango's first novel is superior pulp, with schemers all around and plenty to say about fame, identity, and mortality."
Having become a famous author by publishing his wife's brilliant crime novels with his name on the cover, Henry Hayden creates his own devious fictions to avoid detection in a series of mysterious deaths. Read full book review >
THE FESTIVAL OF INSIGNIFICANCE by Milan Kundera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"This strangely amusing novella has the power to inspire serious efforts to find significance in the very book in which it is so perversely denied."
Forgotten tyrants and blatant belly buttons have equally playful roles in this deceptively slight, whimsically thoughtful tale of a few men in Paris not doing or saying much. Read full book review >
THE GOVERNOR'S WIFE by Michael Harvey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"Harvey makes political corruption personal: this isn't a story of anonymous millions being shuffled between various offshore accounts. The consequence of every decision in Kelly's gritty world bleeds."
A seasoned PI tackles Chicago corruption head-on when he's hired to look into the disappearance of a popular but dirty governor. Read full book review >
THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR by Scott Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"A wholly original, engrossing, disturbing, and beautiful book. You've never read anything quite like this, and you won't soon forget it."
A spellbinding story of world-altering power and revenge from debut novelist Hawkins. Read full book review >
IN THE COUNTRY by Mia Alvar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"A triumphant, singular collection deserving of every accolade it will likely receive."
In this debut collection, Filipino students, teachers, activists, maids, and chauffeurs negotiate their lives under martial law at home and seek fortune abroad in the Middle East and New York. 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, 2014, and October 31, 2015, are automatically nominated for the 2015 Kirkus Prize, and the winners will be selected on October 23, 2015, by an esteemed panel composed of nationally respected writers and highly regarded booksellers, librarians and Kirkus critics.