2017 Nominees: fiction (page 5)

THE DUKE by Kerrigan Byrne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"This sexy romp has it all—a mystery, a feminist heroine worth rooting for, and moments of heat so intense they might need a nurse."
Imogen Pritchard keeps crossing paths with Cole Talmage, Duke of Trenwyth. Will time and mistaken identity keep them apart? Read full book review >
ISLAND OF EXILES by Erica Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A fresh, original series starter bolstered by a dynamic protagonist and a welcome sense of depth."
Cameron (Assassins: Nemesis, 2017, etc.) tells a YA fantasy tale about a "nyshin"—a warrior, mage, and hunter—on a desert island rife with danger.Read full book review >
FRONTIER by Can Xue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Odd, atmospheric, and enchanting: a story in which, disbelief duly suspended, one savors improbabilities along with haunting images and is left wanting more."
Things are strange out there on the fringes, as the always adventurous Can Xue's latest novel illustrates. Read full book review >
THE UNDERWORLD by Kevin Canty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Canty does a fine job of showing how disaster can lacerate a place or people without utterly destroying hope."
Drawing on a true disaster, this brittle, compassionate story tells of a mine fire that devastates a small Idaho town. Read full book review >
THE STOLEN CHILD by Lisa Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Magical realism of the best kind, utterly devoid of whimsy."
The story of a bleak, isolated Irish island where everyone believes in, and justifiably fears, fairies. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF LIES by Emily Carpenter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Twists aplenty in this searing murder mystery should leave readers dizzy, in the best way possible."
In this thriller, a tell-all about a celebrity novelist examines her most famous horror book, which may be more truth than fiction. Read full book review >
OUT IN THE OPEN by Jesús Carrasco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Harshly and elegantly told; a quest that feels both old and new."
A stark debut novel details a young boy's flight from danger across a desiccated, dangerous land. Read full book review >
THE KINGDOM by Emmanuel Carrère
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A passionate, digressive, empathetic history of religious rebels and the mystery of faith."
Memoir, fiction, and history combine in a stirring portrayal of the world of the first Christians. Read full book review >
SACRED BAND by Joseph D. Carriker Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2017

"An engaging story that punches, kicks, and takes flight, just like its heroes."
Carriker evokes comic-book action and disturbing current events in this debut novel.
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FLOAT by Anne Carson
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A radiant delight for Carson's many admirers."
A rich gathering of short works by poet and scholar Carson (An Oresteia, 2009, etc.), joining past to present and ancient to modern. Read full book review >
DOWN A DARK ROAD by Linda Castillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Castillo (Among the Wicked, 2016, etc.) once again weaves the particularities of the Amish mindset into a complex mystery that will leave you crying with pity or seething with rage."
A police officer who grew up Amish struggles to separate her past from the present. Read full book review >
ILL WILL by Dan Chaon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A shadowy narrative that's carried well by the author's command and insight."
A dark genre-bending thriller that starts with a drowning but widens to encompass murder, cancer, drug addiction, and satanic ritual abuse. 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.