The 2019 National Book Award in Fiction

Chris Schluep on November 25, 2019
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The winner for the National Book Award in Fiction was announced at a gala dinner in New York City on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Because everyone's reading tastes are different, we list here the talented finalists as well.

Publishers submitted a total of 1,712 books for this year’s National Book Awards: 397 in Fiction, 600 in Nonfiction, 245 in Poetry, 145 in Translated Literature, and 325 in Young People’s Literature. Judges’ decisions are made independently of the National Book Foundation staff and Board of Directors; deliberations are strictly confidential.

Here are the 2019 finalists - and winner! - for the National Book Award in Fiction:


^^ASIN##B07CRJB8WJ^^HEADLINE##"Trust Exercise" by Susan Choi^^SUMMARY##WINNER: A novel about two students at a performing arts high school who fall in love, but leaves the reader questioning what happened to their relationship as well as the relationship between fact and fiction.^^AWARD##Award winner^^RATING##^^RANK##^^BEST##^^WORST##^^

^^ASIN##B07FC1K67G^^HEADLINE##"Sabrina & Corina: Stories" by Kali Fajardo-Anstine^^SUMMARY##A debut short story collection set in Denver that focuses on Latinas of indigenous descent and explores themes of ancestry, incarceration, illness, gentrification, and domestic violence with compassion and precision.^^AWARD##Award finalist^^RATING##^^RANK##^^BEST##^^WORST##^^

^^ASIN##B07DP5W1LT^^HEADLINE##"Black Leopard, Red Wolf" by Marlon James^^SUMMARY##The first installment of a trilogy from Booker Prize winner Marlon James, "Black Leopard, Red Wolf" incorporates African mythology in an epic story about a lost boy and a cast of fantastical characters searching for the truth.^^AWARD##Award finalist^^RATING##^^RANK##^^BEST##^^WORST##^^

^^ASIN##B07FRZGS76^^HEADLINE##"The Other Americans" by Laila Lalami^^SUMMARY##Lalami's novel is set into motion when a Moroccan immigrant is killed under suspicious circumstances, with witnesses and survivors desperate for answers.^^AWARD##Award finalist^^RATING##^^RANK##^^BEST##^^WORST##^^

^^ASIN##B07H72JM68^^HEADLINE##"Disappearing Earth" by Julia Phillips^^SUMMARY##In Julia Phillips’s novel, the search for two sisters who have disappeared from a remote Russian city ignites powerful questions about class, gender, and ethnicity.^^AWARD##Award finalist^^RATING##^^RANK##^^BEST##^^WORST##^^



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