2017 Nominees: fiction (page 2)

BELLADONNA by Daša Drndic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"An elegant novel of ideas concerning decidedly inelegant topics, empathetic but unforgiving."
A pensive, provocative novel of history, memory, and our endlessly blood-soaked times by one of the foremost writers to have emerged from the former Yugoslavia. Read full book review >
JUDGMENT by David Bergelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"Nearly 90 years after its original publication, this ahead-of-its-time novel by one of the best-known Yiddish writers of his era proves powerfully relevant in its first English translation."
Bergelson's politically charged novel, first published in Yiddish in 1929, reflects on the dark absurdities of life along the Ukraine-Poland border circa 1920. Read full book review >
GO, WENT, GONE by Jenny Erpenbeck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A lyrical, urgent artistic response to a history that is still unfolding."
Searching novel of the Berlin refugee crisis by Erpenbeck, considered one of the foremost contemporary German writers. Read full book review >
BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD by Attica Locke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Locke, having stockpiled an acclaimed array of crime novels (Pleasantville, 2015, etc.), deserves a career breakthrough for this deftly plotted whodunit whose writing pulses throughout with a raw, blues-inflected lyricism."
What appears at first to be a double hate crime in a tiny Texas town turns out to be much more complicated—and more painful—than it seems. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF PERPETUAL LIGHT by Josh Weil
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Weil's stories are engrossing, persuasively detailed, and written with a deep affection for the way language can, in masterful hands, convey us to marvelous new worlds."
A rich, often dazzling collection of short stories linked by themes while ranging widely in style from Babel-like fables to gritty noir and sci-fi. Read full book review >
THE LIVING INFINITE by Chantel Acevedo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Fresh, fast-moving historical fiction from a master storyteller."
A real 19th-century Bourbon infanta is the inspiration for this novel about a princess who writes a rebellious feminist memoir. Read full book review >
LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"With her second novel, Ng further proves she's a sensitive, insightful writer with a striking ability to illuminate life in America."
This incandescent portrait of suburbia and family, creativity, and consumerism burns bright. Read full book review >
SWALLOWING MERCURY by Wioletta Greg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Greg's masterful first novel is charming, seductive, and sinister by turns."
An autobiographical novel about a young girl growing up in a small Polish village. Read full book review >
LIES SHE TOLD by Cate Holahan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Holahan (The Widower's Wife, 2016, etc.) spins a suffocating double nightmare that provides compelling support for her heroine's rueful article of faith: 'To be a writer is to be a life thief.'"
Granted exactly one month to write her way back into her editor's good graces, a spinner of romantic suspense hatches a plot with unnerving echoes of her own troubled life. Read full book review >
AFFECTIONS by Rodrigo  Hasbún
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A one-sitting tale of fragmented relationships with a broad scope, delivered with grace and power."
A German family heads to Bolivia after World War II, sparking decades of internal strife amid political revolution. Read full book review >
THE DRAGONFLY by Kate Dunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"This emotional high-wire act should have readers racing to the end."
A novel plunges a newly acquainted grandfather and granddaughter into adventures on the French canals. Read full book review >
HOUSE. TREE. PERSON. by Catriona McPherson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2017

"Although the idea isn't original, the clever way McPherson (Quiet Neighbors, 2016, etc.) reveals each hint of the truth makes this a one-sitting read."
A Scottish woman's psychological history causes her to question her sanity. 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.