One of our favorite things about the best books program is introducing readers to first-time authors whose work knocked our literary socks off. The National Book Foundation has the same idea with its 5 Under 35 program. The honorees are writers from across the globe, under the age of 35, who have published a debut novel or fiction collection in the last five years. Most importantly, their work must be something that "promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape."
Chosen by previous National Book Award winners, finalists, longlisted authors, or writers previously recognized by the 5 Under 35 program, this year's honorees were singled out for their deft handling of "issues of race, cultural identity, loyalty, displacement and more."
Congratulations to these five authors, who will collect a $1,000 prize at a ceremony on Nov. 12.