2017 Nominees: fiction (page 3)

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 >
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 >
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 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 >
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 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 >
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 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 >

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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.