Finalists announced for National Book Award

pauletteFINALISTS for the American National Book Awards have just been announced and the fiction list looks one of the strongest for years. The short-list is : Chris Bachelder “The Throwback Special,” about a group of male friends who gather every year to re-enact a 1985 football game battling with the realities of fatherhood and middle age; Paulette Jiles “News of the World”  which sees a retired Army captain in post Civil War Texas return a girl, kidnapped by a Native American tribe back to her family; Karan Mahajan’s “The Association of Small Bombs,” follows the giant ripples that emanate following a terrorist attack in New Delhi New Delhi; Colson Whitehead “The Underground Railroad,”  tells the story of a runaway slave fleeing a Georgia plantation using a literal subterranean railroad and Jacqueline Woodson’s “Another Brooklyn”  features an anthropologist looking back on her teenage years in 1970s Brooklyn.The winner will be announced in November.

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