2017 Nominees: fiction

HEART ATTACK AND VINE  by Phoef Sutton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Fast, light, and witty, Sutton's second novel is a pleasure."
This fast-moving, wiseass, noir tale of murder and Hollywood features the return of bodyguard and bouncer Caleb Rush (Crush, 2015). Read full book review >
THE LIVING INFINITE by Chantel Acevedo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Fresh, fast-moving historical fiction from a master storyteller."
A real 19th-century Bourbon infanta is the inspiration for this novel about a princess who writes a rebellious feminist memoir. Read full book review >
American Asshole by Pasha Adam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2016

"A sharp contemporary satire that lovingly confronts the raucous realities of Hollywood, the internet, and the media."
A bored office worker moves to Los Angeles and tries to make it big with a bizarre crowdfunding campaign in Adam's debut novel. 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 >
THE DAHLIA FIELD by Henry Alley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 2017

"A fine collection that explores and celebrates the ebb and flow of gay life."
Gay men struggle to find love in straitened circumstances in this volume of short stories. Read full book review >
THE TEETH OF THE COMB & OTHER STORIES by Osama Alomar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Swamps and streams, lightning and dogs all play a part in these beguiling, suggestive fables. The stories are of perfect length, but one wishes the book went on for much longer."
Elegant, often elegiac sketches by Syrian-born writer Alomar, now a resident of Chicago. Read full book review >
SALT HOUSES by Hala Alyan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"A deeply moving look inside the Palestinian diaspora."
"Nostalgia is an affliction" a character states in Palestinian-American poet Alyan's impressive first novel, which tracks the dispersal of four generations of a Palestinian family. Read full book review >
Palamedes by Kemmer Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A rich, thoughtful collection that generously breathes life into its ancient subject: very fine."
This cycle of poems focuses on Palamedes, credited with inventing letters of the Greek alphabet and dice. Read full book review >
WHITE HOT by Ilona Andrews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017

"An enthralling paranormal romance from a master of the genre."
Private eye Nevada Baylor (Burn for Me, 2014) takes another case putting her in the path of Connor Rogan, and it soon becomes clear they've taken on some powerful enemies; Nevada may have to truly embrace her magic in order to save her family and fight for her happiness with the prickly mage. Read full book review >
THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Arden has shaped a world that neatly straddles the seen and the unseen, where readers will hear echoes of stories from childhood while recognizing the imagination that has transformed old material into something fresh."
Arden's supple, sumptuous first novel transports the reader to a version of medieval Russia where history and myth coexist. Read full book review >
WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY by Lesley Nneka Arimah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Heralds a new voice with certain staying power."
Nigeria serves as a prism refracting the myriad experiences of both former and current inhabitants. Read full book review >
THE DUKE by Katharine Ashe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"This decidedly un-English Regency romance will win over historical fiction readers from all corners."
A devilish duke and a missionary's widow form an unlikely pair. 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.