2017 Nominees: fiction (page 36)

SPY CAR AND OTHER POEMS by Lynne Handy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2016

"A book that takes old words, spruces them up, and puts them out on the highway again."
If poetry is a car, this debut collection hums and purrs like an expertly tuned machine. Read full book review >
THE STUFF OF STARS  by David Litwack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2015

"A grand, revelatory saga that continues to unfold."
In this YA sci-fi sequel, Litwack (The Light of Reason, 2016, etc.) pushes his characters into new physical, mental, and emotional realms as they encounter an unusual, tech-based society.Read full book review >
A COMPETENT WITNESS by Judith Nickels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 2014

"A portrait sensitively and well-limned; hopefully we will have more from Nickels."
Not the first and probably not the last probing into the true case of Dr. Henry Howard Holmes (born Herman Webster Mudgett in 1861), America's first serial killer, but a masterful study of his innocent wife, Georgiana, and of a time long past. Read full book review >
WOMEN'S WORK by Kari Aguila
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 2013

"A novel of ideas can easily become righteous and preachy; this thoughtful matriarchal tale impressively rises above that."
Finally in charge of the planet, women resolve to do a better job than men; but for all their good intentions, Utopia eludes them in this study of human nature and gender roles. Read full book review >
SHE'S MY DAD by Iolanthe Woulff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2009

"A rich web of complex questions, rendered beautifully in this tale of a transgender professor."
A debut literary novel addresses issues of identity, family, and personal history. 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 >
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 >
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 >
FICTION & LITERATURE

"These songs of the ardent title character sing like wildfire; readers should be singed and ravished by her burning."
New poetry from Elliott (Shattering Porcelain Images, 2014, etc.) tells the story of Bernie Bjørn in multiple voices.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.