Nat’l Book Critics Circle Announces Nominees for 2011

The finalists for the National Book Critics Circle book awards for the publishing year 2011 were announced on Saturday, January 23, 2012.  The categories are Fiction, Non-Fiction, Autobiography, Biography, Criticism and Poetry.  The Fiction nominees are

Teju Cole – Open City

Feeling adrift after ending a relationship, Julius, a young Nigerian doctor living in New York, takes long walks through the city while listening to the stories of fellow immigrants until a shattering truth is revealed.

Jeffrey Eugenides – The Marriage Plot

Madeleine Hanna breaks out of her straight-and-narrow mold when she falls in love with charismatic loner Leonard Bankhead, while at the same time an old friend of hers resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is his destiny.

Alan Hollinghurst – The Stranger’s Child

Embraced by the family of his Cambridge schoolmate, Cecil Valance writes an inspiring poem in an autograph album that becomes a staple of every English classroom after he is killed during World War I.

Edith Pearlman – Binocular Vision

Presents a collection of short stories that focus on the trials and tribulations of a group of Northeasterners.

Dana Spiotta – Stone Arabia

Sharing a close bond that supersedes other relationships, Nic, a fiercely reclusive musician; and Denise, his dedicated sister and solitary audience member, become increasingly isolated in the wake of Nic’s obsessive work, a situation that grows vulnerable as the siblings age.

The awards finalists in the other categories can be seen at the National Book Critics Circle’s blog.  The winners will be announced on Thursday, March 8, 2012.

(All book descriptions are from the respective publishers.)

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

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2 thoughts on “Nat’l Book Critics Circle Announces Nominees for 2011”

  1. I haven’t read the others but because I recognized the name, Jeffrey Eugenides I took a chance and read The Marriage Plot. The one thing, not the only thing, is that I found the book to be real. It is refreshing to read real especially after a succession of beach novels.

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