National Book Award Winners (Fiction)

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The News from Paraguay: A Novel

by Lily Tuck
Published: 2005
Paperback : 272 pages
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The year is l854. In Paris, Francisco Solano -- the future dictator of Paraguay -- begins his courtship of the young, beautiful Irish courtesan Ella Lynch with a poncho, a Paraguayan band, and ahorse named Mathilde. Ella follows Franco to Asunción and reigns there as his mistress. ...

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The Great Fire: A Novel

by Shirley Hazzard
Published: 2004-07-01
Paperback : 326 pages
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More than twenty years after the classic The Transit of Venus, Shirley Hazzard returns to fiction with a novel that in the words of Ann Patchett "is brilliant and dazzling..."

The Great Fire is an extraordinary love story set in the immediate aftermath of the great conflagration of the ...

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Slow,
Interesting,
Inspiring

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Three Junes

by Julia Glass
Published: 2003-05
Paperback : 353 pages
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An astonishing first novel that traces the lives of a Scottish family over a decade as they confront the joys and longings, fulfillments and betrayals of love in all its guises.

In June of 1989 Paul McLeod, a newspaper publisher and recent widower, travels to Greece, where he falls for a ...
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Dark,
Gloomy,
Difficult

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The Corrections

by Jonathan Franzen
Published: 2002-09-01
Paperback : 576 pages
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Winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction

After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the ...

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In America: A Novel

by Susan Sontag
Published: 2001-05
Paperback : 398 pages
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In America is a kaleidoscopic portrait of America on the cusp of modernity. As she did in her enormously popular novel The Volcano Lover, Susan Sontag casts a story located in the past in a fresh, provocative light to create a fictional world full of contemporary resonance.

In 1876 a ...

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Gloomy,
Interesting,
Romantic

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Waiting : A Novel (Vintage International)

by Ha Jin
Published: 2000-09-19
Paperback : 308 pages
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"In Waiting, Ha Jin portrays the life of Lin Kong, a dedicated doctor torn by his love for two women: one who belongs to the New China of the Cultural Revolution, the other to the ancient traditions of his family's village. Ha Jin profoundly understands the conflict between the individual ...
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Charming Billy: A Novel (Picador Modern Classics)

by Alice McDermott
Published: 2014-10-07
Paperback : 256 pages
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Billy Lynch's family and friends have gathered to comfort his widow, and to pay their respects to one of the last great romantics. As they trade tales of his famous humor, immense charm, and consuming sorrow, a complex portrait emerges of an enigmatic man, a loyal friend, a beloved ...

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Cold Mountain

by Charles Frazier
Published: 1998
Paperback : 464 pages
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Winner - 1998 ABBY Award
"Cold Mountain" is a magnificent love story in the tradition of Ernest Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms", and a breathtaking account of one man's voyage home from the front at the end of the Civil War. Epic in sweep and heartbreakingly told, this is the rarest of ...
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Ship Fever: Stories

by Andrea Barrett
Published: 1996-11-17
Paperback : 256 pages
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1996 National Book Award Winner for Fiction.

The elegant short fictions gathered hereabout the love of science and the science of love are often set against the backdrop of the nineteenth century. Interweaving historical and fictional characters, they encompass both past and present as ...
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Sabbath's Theater

by Philip Roth
Published: 1996-08-06
Paperback : 464 pages
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Sabbath's Theater is a comic creation of epic proportions, and Mickey Sabbath is its gargantuan hero. Once a scandalously inventive puppeteer, Sabbath at sixty-four is still defiantly antagonistic and exceedingly libidinous. But after the death of his long-time mistress—an erotic free ...
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