NEW YORK — 2 of the summer’s most talked-about books, Brit Bennett’s”The Vanishing Half” and Megha Majumdar’s”A Burning,” are about the National Book Awards fiction longlist. Judges also appreciated the story set”When I Had Two Wings,” by Randall Kenan, who expired in August.
Friday’s list concludes per week during the National Book Foundation, which presents the awards, announced nominees for poetry, translation, young people’s literature, and nonfiction. Winners will be announced Nov. 18, with honorary awards being awarded to novelist Walter Mosley as well as the late Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy, whose husband will probably take her behalf.
Lots of the fiction nominees are younger writers, under age 50, using a few or less of printed works. Two novels are introduction books: “The Burning,” the story of a girl in India who’s accused of terrorism, and Douglas Stuart’s'”Shuggie Bain,” a family saga set in Glasgow.
Also nominated were Vanessa Veselka’s”The Amazing Offshore Grounds” and also Charles Yu’s”Interior Chinatown.”
Some of the year’s most likely works didn’t make the record, such as Marilynne Robinson’s”Jack,” Ayad Akhtar’s”Homeland Elegies” and Sigrid Nunez’s”Everything you’re Going Through,” her first novel since winning the National Book Award two years back for”The Buddy”