2017 Nominees: fiction (page 36)

SO YOU WANT TO BE A ROBOT by A. Merc Rustad
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A sparkling sequence of tales that bends and flips familiar ideas and fantastic visions."
Divergent characters find themselves in startling situations in this debut collection of unconventional sci-fi and fantasy stories. Read full book review >
MY INTERVIEW WITH BEETHOVEN by L.A. Hider Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE

"The protagonist lovingly describes Beethoven as 'an honest soul, lined with deep fissures and clumsy mendings'—which is just how he comes across in this deeply researched, accomplished work of historical fiction."
This debut novel about a young man's quest for his father gives glimpses of Beethoven in his prime as well as in his final months. Read full book review >
A BEAUTIFUL BOY by Susan Beth Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A striking, searing work that will linger long in readers' memories."
Miller's (Indigo Rose, 2005) novel tells a tale of survival and growth in a war-torn land. Read full book review >
BLOOD FICTION by Diane Elliott
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An emotionally intuitive and impeccably written tale focusing on a female adventurer."
A niece sets out on a quest to better understand an enigmatic aunt in this novel. Read full book review >
SANCTION by William Hunter
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An explosive thriller full of engaging dialogue and action."
In Hunter's debut espionage tale, the assassination of a Cambridge University professor reveals conspiracies involving terrorist bombings. Read full book review >
Sticks by Pippa Greene
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A spooky, surreal ghost story that's elevated by its humanity."
In this literary ghost story/psychological thriller, a woman is forced to confront her past when sticks begin appearing out of thin air. Read full book review >
BEHIND THE MASK by Patricia Reeks
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A momentous, readable collection, its sole downside being that there are only 20 superhero stories. "
Reeks (Love Hurts, 2015, etc.) and debut editor Richardson assemble a series of tales centered on superheroes' constant struggles with saving the world and maintaining secret identities.Read full book review >

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ABOUT THE KIRKUS PRIZE

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.