This is the first year the National Book Award is giving us a longlist of titles for each category. This past week, they’ve been announcing one category per day, culminating in today’s fiction longlist.


  • Pacific, by Tom Drury
  • The End of the Point, by Elizabeth Graver
  • The Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner
  • The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, by Anthony Marra
  • The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride
  • Someone, by Alice McDermott
  • Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon
  • Tenth of December, by George Saunders
  • Fools, by Joan Silber


  • Finding Florida: The True Story of the Sunshine State, by T.D. Allman
  • Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami, by Gretel Ehrlich
  • The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA, by Scott C. Johnson
  • Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, by Jill Lepore
  • Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, by Wendy Lower
  • Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865, by James Oakes
  • The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, by George Packer
  • The Internal Enemy: Slavery and the War in Virginia, 1772-1832, by Alan Taylor
  • Duke: A Life of Duke Elington, by Terry Teachout
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief, by Lawrence Wright


  • Metaphysical Dog, by Frank Bidart
  • Bury My Clothes, by Roger Bonair-Agard
  • Stay, Illusion, by Lucie Brock-Broido
  • So Recently Rent a World, New and Selected Poems: 1968-2012, by Andrei Codrescu
  • Seasonal Works with Letters on a Fire, by Brenda Hillman
  • The Big Smoke, by Adrian Matejka
  • American Amnesiac, by Diane Raptosh
  • Black Aperture, by Matt Rasmussen
  • Transfer of Qualities, by Martha Ronk
  • Incarnadine: Poems, by Mary Szybist

Young People’s Literature:

  • The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, by Kathi Appelt
  • Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, by Kate DiCamillo
  • A Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff
  • The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • The Thing About Luck, by Cynthia Kadohata
  • Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
  • Far, Far Away, by Tom McNeal
  • Picture Me Gone, by Meg Rosoff
  • The Real Boy, by Anne Ursu
  • Boxers & Saints, by Gene Luen Yang
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