Here Are the National Book Critics Circle Finalists

Posted by Cybil on January 17, 2017

The National Book Critics Circle announced its finalists Tuesday for outstanding books of 2016.

The NBCC is made up of 1,000 book critics and editors from across the United States. Its finalists in six categories—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, criticism, and autobiography—are selected by a 24-member board, which also picks the winners.

The prizes will be awarded March 16, which gives you some time to add these books to your Want to Read list! The five finalists for the NBCC's fiction list are:

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by Michael Chabon

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Chabon follows up his bestselling Telegraph Avenue with this book focused on a terminally-ill grandfather sharing his lifetime of memories with his grandson. Average member rating: 4.06.

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by Louise Erdrich

The author of the National Book Award-winning The Round House brings us the tale of a tragic accident and an act of atonement with roots in Native American culture. Average member rating: 3.87.

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Imagine Me Gone
by Adam Haslett

In this novel, a woman must make the choice to go through with her plans to marry her fiancé who is hospitalized with depression. What follows is a novel about love and faith. Average member rating: 3.74.

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by Ann Patchett

Spanning five decades of two branches of a stepfamily, this book by the author of Bel Canto delves into the the far-reaching ties of family and love. Average member rating: 3.91.

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Swing Time
by Zadie Smith

The writer who burst onto the literary scene with White Teeth brings us this story of two girls who dream of being dancers, their friendship, and how our roots shape who we become. Average member rating: 3.78.

In addition, the book critics announced that the Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement will go to Margaret Atwood and the John Leonard Prize for a first book to Yaa Gyasi for her novel Homegoing.

See the complete list of NBCC finalists including picks for biography and nonfiction.

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message 1: by John (new)

John Looks like the panelists are biased.

message 2: by Leo (new)

Leo Walsh John wrote: "Looks like the panelists are biased."
How so? Seems balanced to me.
- 2 white dudes, one Jewish.
- 1 white woman (with another, Atwood, getting a lifetime achievement award).
- 1 black British woman.
- 1 mixed white/ native American woman.

message 3: by Ana (new)

Ana Maybe what John means is that all the books are from authors from English speaking countries? (one from the UK and all the others from the US).

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