2013 National Book Award Longlists Released

September 19, 2013 | 15 books mentioned 4 2 min read

This year the National Book Award finalists were released in a series of four longlists consisting of ten books apiece. Five finalists in each category will be selected by October 16, and winners will be announced in New York City on November 20.

Last year, the fiction finalists included far more male authors than female, however the count is even in 2013. Millions readers will be delighted to find George Saunders’s latest story collection on the fiction list. The former Top Ten member was reviewed on our site last May. Saunders is joined by Rachel Kushner, whose second novel “operates outside — above? — many of the current arguments about the novel,” according to our own Bill Morris. Likewise, Millions readers should be familiar with George Packer’s “awe-inspiring X-Ray of the modern American soul” on the nonfiction list.

Here’s a list of the finalists in all four categories with bonus links and excerpts where available:







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  1. I read Alice McDermott’s lapidary “Someone,” loved it, and have started
    it over only a month later. I hope it wins, though I am doubtful–a smallish
    intimate character piece most likely won’t win over the gargantuan,
    sowy 400 pagers. Still, you should read it–read it for the sake of your
    soul, your heart.

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