Three first novels were among the five finalists for the National Book Award for fiction announced Tuesday.
“All this could be different, by Sarah Thankam Matthews, follows a young gay immigrant from India. Tess Jonty”rabbit cageOver the course of one week in an affordable apartment complex in Indiana, and in Alejandro Varela.Babylon townA gay Latino professor moves to the outskirts of Long Island to take care of his parents.
The other two finalists for fiction are:The Hunt for Haji Hotak and Other Stories,By Jamil Jan Kochai, who follows figures in Afghanistan and in the Afghan diaspora, and “The Birdcatcher” by Gayle Jones, it is about a group of black American artists in Ibiza, including a sculptor whose husband tries to institutionalize them over and over again trying to kill him.
There were 25 finalists, divided into five categories. Among the non-fiction finalists were two who examined the world of healthcare and medicine.
“Breathless: The scientific race to defeat a deadly virus,” by David Kwamen, charts the scientific response to Covid-19, including the race to trace its origins and develop a vaccine, and the ongoing efforts to understand Covid’s long-term effects. in “The Hidden Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic DiseasesOne of the New York Times bestsellers, Megan O’Rourke Inspired by her experience living with chronic illness and from interviews with physicians, public health experts, and patients to discuss what she calls “invisible” diseases such as autoimmune diseases, post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, and prolonged COVID-19.
Among the finalists for poetryrupture time,” by Jenny Shih, which deals with her family history, China, and the history of forced amnesia. Look At This Blue by Alison Adele Hedge Cook deals with the history of devastation and violence in the United States toward people, animals, and the planet.
Scholastique Mukasonga’s “Kibogo” was nominated in the translated literature category. Translated from the French by Marc Polizuti, it explores the clashes between ancient Rwandan beliefs and Christian missionaries. in “New name: Sixth and Seventh Cystology,John Voss writes about two doppelgängers; The book was translated from Norwegian by Damion Searls.
Among the finalists for youth literature is “Lesbiana’s Guide to the Catholic School,” an elementary novel by Sonora Reyes about a 16-year-old Mexican-American girl. “All my angerby Sabah Tahir, follows a working-class Pakistani-American family from Lahore to Juniper, California, where they run a hotel.
The winners will be announced on November 16 by the National Writers Foundation. Here is a full list of the finalists.
Tess Jonty, “The Rabbit Hutch”
Gail Jones, “The Birdcatcher”
Jamil Jan Kochai, “The Hunt for Haji Hotak and Other Stories”
Sarah Thankam Matthews, ‘All this could be different’
Alejandro Varela, “Babylon Town”
Megan O’Rourke, “The Hidden Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Disease”
Imani Berry, “South to America: A Journey below the Mason-Dixon to Understanding the Soul of a Nation”
David Kwamen, “Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus”
Ingrid Rojas Contreras, “The Man Who Can Move the Clouds: A Memoir”
Robert Samuels and Toulouse Oloronepa, “His Name is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice”
Alison Adele Hedge Cooke, ‘Look At This Blue’
John Kane, “Villains: New and Selected Poems”
Sharon Olds, “Balladz”
Roger Reeves, “The Best Barbarian”
Jenny Zee, “The Rupture Tense”
John Foss, “A New Name: Sixth to Seventh Psychology”
Translated from Norwegian by Damion Searles
Scholastique Mukasonga, “Kibogo”
Translated by Marc Polizzotti from the French
Monica Ojeda, “Jawbone”
Translated from Spanish by Sarah Bowker
Samantha Schäublein, “Seven Empty Houses”
Translated from Spanish by Megan McDowell
Yoko Tawada, “Scatter All Over The Land”
Translated from the Japanese by Margaret Mitsutani
Young people’s literature
Kelly Barnhill, “The Ghouls and the Orphans”
Sonora Reyes, “Lisbyana Guide to the Catholic School”
Tommy Smith, Derek Barnes, and David Annepoel, “Victory. Whoa!: Raising My Fist for Justice”
Saba Taher, “All My Fury”
Lisa Ye, “Mazy Chen’s Last Chance”