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
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.
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.
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.
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