The NBCC finalists were announced today.
- Bonnie Jo Campbell: American Salvage
- Marlon James: The Book of Night Women
- Michelle Huneven: Blame
- Hilary Mantel: Wolf Hall
- Jayne Anne Phillips: Lark and Termite
American Salvage and Lark and Termite were finalists for the National Book Award in November, but Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin took that prize. Wolf Hall took the Booker in October. I’ve seen a lot of positive coverage for The Book of Night Women, probably from several of the critics who will choose the final winner. The only finalist I’ve already read is Lark and Termite. I also interviewed Jayne Anne Phillips about the book and a few other things early last year. I wish her the best. The book is fantastic.