2017 Nominees: fiction (page 3)

WORLDS FROM THE WORD'S END by Joanna Walsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2017

"Arresting in their otherworldly simplicity, Walsh's stories are lonely but never sentimental; grief may haunt her prose, but it is as a fact and not a feeling. A singular reading experience that leaves a mark."
Unsparingly observant and disconcertingly sharp, Walsh's (Vertigo, 2016, etc.) latest short story collection is an eerily matter-of-fact chronicle of our own impending doom. Read full book review >
HOW TO GET INTO OUR HOUSE AND WHERE WE KEEP THE MONEY by Panio  Gianopoulos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Witty, discerning, and laugh-out-loud funny."
A wonderful collection of nine stories combining wry humor, engaging characters, and shrewd psychological insight. 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 >
KATALIN STREET by Magda Szabó
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A visceral, sweeping depiction of life in the shuddering wake of wartime."
Three families, whose lives are inextricably linked by the street they inhabit, grapple with love and morality amid political upheaval. Read full book review >
THE WORLD OF TOMORROW by Brendan Mathews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"It's not Doctorow's Ragtime, but there's a similar feel in this impressive, wide-ranging debut."
Mathews' colorful debut novel examines the legacy of Irish political violence for a family in both the old country and New York during one busy week in 1939. Read full book review >
THE SALT LINE by Holly Goddard Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"It's The Hunger Games meets The Godfather meets Robin Cook, with female characters playing all the key roles. Hell, yeah."
Adventure travel in the dystopian future involves braving killer ticks and drug-farming rebels. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN HOUSE by Salman Rushdie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A sort of Great Gatsby for our time: everyone is implicated, no one is innocent, and no one comes out unscathed, no matter how well padded with cash."
Rushdie (Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, 2015, etc.) returns with a topical, razor-sharp portrait of life among the very rich, who are, of course, very different from the rest of us. Read full book review >
TALES OF FALLING AND FLYING by Ben Loory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Delightfully disarming stories for readers seeking a plunge down the rabbit hole."
A triptych of exquisitely crafted fables from miniaturist Loory (The Baseball Player and the Walrus, 2015, etc.) Read full book review >
THE BOAT RUNNER by Devin Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Murphy's debut novel is a purposely limited view of war, as was The Red Badge of Courage, but strong characters and compelling narrative convey the impact well beyond one family. An impressive debut."
An ambitious coming-of-age story centered on a Dutch family dealing with personal tragedy and the German occupation during World War II. Read full book review >
GOLDEN AGE AND OTHER STORIES by Naomi Novik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2017

"All too brief, alas, but a must-read for all fans of this outstanding series."
Novik crowned her nine-book Temeraire sequence, an alternate-world Napoleonic Wars featuring intelligent dragons, with League of Dragons (2016) and now weighs in with an associated all-original story collection, each entry occasioned by an accompanying fan illustration. Read full book review >
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"From the start, one wonders how Wolas is possibly going to pay off the idea that her heroine is such a genius. Verdict: few could do better."
A literary prodigy allows her husband to convince her to reverse their decision not to have children. Read full book review >
GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A meticulously built mystery that follows a careful ascent toward a breaking point that will leave you breathless. It's Three Pines as you have never seen it before."
A dark, still figure, wearing long black robes and a hood, appears on the charming village green of Three Pines, a small Québec town; though at first it seems scary but harmless, it turns out to be something much more sinister. 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.