2017 Nominees: fiction (page 4)

SANCTION by William Hunter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2017

"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 >
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 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >

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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.