National Book Awards finalists for 2019

Lot

Lot

Bryan Washington

Stories of a young man finding his place among family and community in Houston, from a powerful, emerging American voice.   

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Trust Exercise

Trust Exercise

Susan Choi

Captivating and brilliant, Trust Exercise is a novel about the treacherous terrain of adolescence, how we define consent, and what we lose, gain, and never get over as we navigate our way into adulthood's...

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Sabrina and Corina: Stories

Sabrina and Corina: Stories

Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Kali Fajardo-Anstine's magnetic story collection breathes life into her Indigenous Latina characters and the land they inhabit. Set against the remarkable backdrop of Denver, Colorado - a place that is as fierce as it is exquisite...

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The Other Americans

The Other Americans

Laila Lalami

From the Pulitzer Prize finalist and Booker Prize-longlisted author of The Moor's Account, a timely and powerful novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant that is at once a family saga, a murder mystery and a love...

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Disappearing Earth

Disappearing Earth

Julia Phillips

Disappearing Earth is a beautiful evocation of a place and people as they search for two lost girls - heralding the arrival of a stunning new literary novelist.

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The Yellow House

The Yellow House

Sarah M Broom

A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.

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Thick: And Other Essays

Thick: And Other Essays

Tressie McMillan Cottom

In these eight ... explorations on beauty, media, money, and more, Tressie McMillan Cottom--award-winning professor and ... author of Lower Ed--embraces her ... role as a purveyor of wit, wisdom, and Black Twitter snark about all...

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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

David Treuer

A sweeping history - and counter-narrative - of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present.

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Pet

Pet

Akwaeke Emezi

In their riveting and timely young adult debut, acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi asks difficult questions about what choices a young person can make when the adults around them are in denial.

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Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum

From National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a novel told in ten blocks, showing all they different directions a walk home can take.

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Patron Saints of Nothing

Patron Saints of Nothing

Randy Ribay

When Jay Reguero hears of his cousin Jun's death, everything changes. Although years have passed since they were last in contact, the stories about Jun just don't fit with the boy Jay knew. Hoping to uncover the truth, Jay travels...

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The Tradition

The Tradition

Jericho Brown

The powerful second poetry collection published in the UK from award-winning American poet Jericho Brown.   

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I: New & Selected

I: New & Selected

Toi Derricotte

The tough and tender intimacies of human bonds bind these marvelous new and selected poems. -Terrance Hayes

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Deaf Republic

Deaf Republic

Ilya Kaminsky

When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear - all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language.

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Be Recorder: Poems

Be Recorder: Poems

Carmen Gimenez Smith

Carmen Gimenez Smith dares to demand renewal for a world made unrecognisable.

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Sight Lines

Sight Lines

Arthur Sze

Sze, in drawing connections between the pastoral and the catastrophic, speaks to a contemporary condition in which we are constantly fragmented and made whole again as we are presented with a saturation of narratives. In his...

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Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming

Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming

Laszlo Krasznahorkai (New Directions), Ottilie Mulzet

Set in contemporary times, Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming tells the story of a Prince Myshkin-like figure, Baron Bela Wenckheim, who returns at the end of his life to his provincial Hungarian hometown. Having escaped from his many...

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The Barefoot Woman

The Barefoot Woman

Scholastique Mukasonga, Jordan Stump

The story of the author's mother, a fierce, loving woman who for years protected her family from the violence encroaching upon them in pre-genocide Rwanda. Recording her memories of their life together in spare, wrenching prose,...

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Crossing

Crossing

Pajtim Statovci, David Hackston

Originally published in Finland as Tiranan syd an by Kustannusoakeyhti o Otava, Keuruu, in 2016 --Title page verso.

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