Finalists – National Book Award


Rabih Alameddine, “An Unnecessary Woman,” Grove Press

Anthony Doerr, “All the Light We Cannot See,” Scribner​

Phil Klay, “Redeployment,” The Penguin Press

Emily St. John Mandel, “Station Eleven,” Alfred A. Knopf

Marilynne Robinson, “Lila,” Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Louise Glück, “Faithful and Virtuous Night,” Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Fanny Howe, “Second Childhood,” Graywolf Press

Maureen N. McLane, “This Blue,” Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Fred Moten, “The Feel Trio,” Letter Machine Editions

Claudia Rankine, “Citizen: An American Lyric,” Graywolf Press


Roz Chast, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?,” Bloomsbury

Anand Gopal, “No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes,” Metropolitan Books

Evan Osnos, “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China,” Farrar, Straus and Giroux

John Lahr, “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh,” W.W. Norton & Company

Edward O. Wilson, “The Meaning of Human Existence,” Liveright Publishing Corporation

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