2017 Nominees: fiction (page 4)

MY ABSOLUTE DARLING by Gabriel Tallent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A powerful, well-turned story about abuse, its consequences, and what it takes to survive it."
A 14-year-old girl struggles to escape her father's emotional and physical abuse in this harrowing debut. Read full book review >
JUDGMENT AT APPOMATTOX by Ralph Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Once again a master of historical military fiction has made real the sound and fury of the Civil War."
Civil War chronicler Peters (The Damned of Petersburg, 2016, etc.) once again writes of war in Technicolor, this time chronicling the blood-drenched chaos of close combat as Grant's Army of the Potomac forces the surrender of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Read full book review >
THE BURNING GIRL by Claire Messud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Emotionally intense and quietly haunting."
Messud (The Woman Upstairs, 2013, etc.) investigates the fraught intricacies of friendship and adolescence as two girls grow up and grow apart in a small Massachusetts town. Read full book review >
AN ALCHEMY OF MASQUES AND MIRRORS by Curtis Craddock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2017

"A very promising start, both for a series and a new author."
This debut fantasy is set in the Risen Kingdoms, where countries float in the air and people take airships from place to place, princes battle for a throne, and dashing musketeers defend feisty princesses. Read full book review >
THE HEART'S INVISIBLE FURIES by John Boyne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A dark novel marred by occasional melodrama but lightened by often hilarious dialogue."
The Irish writer's 10th novel for adults examines one man's life over the course of 70 years to reveal the personal and societal toll of Ireland's repression of homosexuality. Read full book review >
MIDWINTER BREAK by Bernard MacLaverty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A closely observed, deeply sympathetic rendering of a relationship and the fissures that threaten to wreck it."
The Belfast-born writer etches an affecting portrait of a couple more than 40 years married as they confront the idea that one of them is thinking of leaving. Read full book review >
FAST FALLS THE NIGHT by Julia Keller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Keller's prose is so pure that her exploration of the desperate scourge of drugs and poverty and her forecast of a grim future for her heroine are a joy to read."
A macabre 24 hours discloses a world of pain for Raythune County, West Virginia. Read full book review >
YOUNG JANE YOUNG by Gabrielle Zevin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"This book will not only thoroughly entertain everyone who reads it; it is the most immaculate takedown of slut-shaming in literature or anywhere else. Cheers, and gratitude, to the author."
When a young political intern in South Florida has an affair with her boss, it leads to disaster—at least at first. Read full book review >
REINCARNATION BLUES by Michael Poore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Tales of gods and men akin to Neil Gaiman's Sandman as penned by a kindred spirit of Douglas Adams."
The oldest soul on planet Earth is given five last chances to get life right. Read full book review >
THE SABOTEUR by Andrew Gross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A terrific story filled with tension and surprises right to the end. That's two World War II winners in a row for Gross (The One Man, 2016, etc.)."
A suspenseful World War II thriller based on actual events. Read full book review >
NOUMENON by Marina J. Lostetter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2017

"A striking adventure story that could hold a galaxy in its scope, this is an expedition that delves as deep into the human thirst for purpose as it does into the wonders of the universe."
In Lostetter's ambitious debut, the year is 2088, and humankind is finally ready to explore deep space, preparing to send convoys of clones on eons-long missions to investigate the outskirts of the galaxy. Read full book review >
VISITATIONS by Lee Upton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2017

"Poignant, exquisite, and endlessly witty."
Upton's (The Tao of Humiliation, 2014, etc.) latest collection comprises stories inhabited by characters entangled in either classic literature or their own convoluted tales. 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.