2017 Nominees: fiction

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"With this novel, Auster reminds us that not just life, but also narrative is always conditional, that it only appears inevitable after the fact."
Four versions of an ordinary life. 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 >
A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The highlights of the third in this marvelous and often amusing series (A Bed of Scorpions, 2016, etc.) are neighborhood characters who are a basket of enjoyables and a complex and brainy heroine."
A missing neighbor, a series of fires, and turmoil at work are just the start of Samantha Clair's problems. 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 >
A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Fans will gobble up this final battle, in which the characters they love fight desperately to save everything they hold dear. Schwab has fully delivered on the promise of this inventive and captivating series."
The action-packed conclusion to a rich and absorbing fantasy trilogy. Read full book review >
A FAMILY LEXICON by Natalia Ginzburg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Ginzburg's 'lexicon' is a valuable addition to an already burnished body of work in translation."
An autobiographical novel from one of Italy's leading postwar writers. Read full book review >
A FEVER OF THE BLOOD by Oscar de Muriel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"More fun than a plateful of haggis: a delightful read."
In 1889, Lord Joel Ardglass escapes from Edinburgh's lunatic asylum. He is known informally as Lord Bampot, which is Scottish slang for idiot. Read full book review >
A GAMBLER'S ANATOMY by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"In this tragicomic novel, nothing is ever exactly as it seems."
Lethem's 10th novel is a romp in which history, both personal and collective, can't help but assert itself. Read full book review >
A GOOD COUNTRY by Laleh Khadivi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"A brilliant novel about a young man's reckoning with a flawed and violent world."
An American-born son of Iranian immigrants becomes radicalized. Read full book review >
A GRACE PALEY READER by Grace Paley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Think of the pieces here as a series of scale models that together encapsulate Paley's generous sensibility."
Has there ever been an author like Paley? Read full book review >
A HOUSE AMONG THE TREES by Julia Glass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"This is a fitting tribute to the man who brought boldness and emotional depth to children's literature: vivid without being simplistic, as grippingly readable as it is thoughtful."
The sudden death of a successful children's author leaves the survivors to grapple with his legacy and consider the secrets we all keep in this radiant latest from Glass (And the Dark Sacred Night, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
A LADY'S CODE OF MISCONDUCT by Meredith Duran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A masterful tale of suspense, forgiveness, and love."
A sham marriage, political intrigue, and a case of amnesia provide a backdrop for this absorbing Victorian romance. 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.