2021 First Novel PrizeThe Center for Fiction
The Center for Fiction 2021 First Novel Prize was awarded to Kirstin Valdez Quade for her debut novel The Five Wounds (W
The desire to connect is part of what makes us human, and the following stories approach this notion to great effect. Each shares the common thread...
As the country approaches the 245th celebration of Independence Day, we mark the occasion with a probing and hilarious view of an American wife...
Between Two Worlds
The books this week all have characters who straddle worlds—whether through location or vocation, reality or fantasy, historical truth or fictional...
The Darkness and the Light
Books about narcissism, illness, violence, loneliness, longing, misery, displacement, and catastrophic weather events—sounds like a description...
And Introducing . . .
This week we feature remarkably assured debuts from writers who seem destined for bright careers, drawing from their personal lives to shape their fiction
Pride and Joy
Pride Month has begun and this week we celebrate with a selection that includes fiction from first-time writers and old friends alike, plus an...
In with the New
There’s no such thing as June Gloom when there are so many exciting books coming out next month. This week we have a number of debuts that come...
Hurry Up and Wait
The selection this week addresses matters of urgency, but also lessons of patience as the texts explore necessary historical, political, and environmental...
Going and Coming
As we move into the summer season the choice of reading material can hover between escapism and vital social topics from the headlines