National Book Award Winners (Fiction)

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Blood Tie (Mary Lee Settle Collection)

by Mary Lee Settle
Published: 1995-10-01
Paperback : 404 pages
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Settle has done a remarkable job of capturing the culture that is, in a sense, the most important character in her book. -- New York ...
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The Spectator Bird (Penguin Classics)

by Wallace Stegner
Published: 2010-07-27
Paperback : 224 pages
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From the “dean of Western writers” (The New York Times) and the Pulitzer Prize winning–author of Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety, his National Book Award–winning novel
 
Joe Allston is a retired literary agent who is, in his own words, "just killing time until time gets ...
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JR (American Literature (Dalkey Archive))

by William Gaddis
Published: 2012-02-07
Paperback : 725 pages
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Winner of the 1976 National Book Award, "J R" is a biting satire about the many ways in which capitalism twists the American spirit into something more dangerous, yet pervasive and unassailable. At the center of the novel is a hilarious eleven year old--J R--who with boyish enthusiasm ...

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The Hair of Harold Roux

by Thomas Williams
Published: 1974
Hardcover : 373 pages
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In 1975 the National Book Award Fiction Prize was awarded to two writers: Robert Stone and Thomas Williams. Yet only Stone's Dog Soldiers is still remembered today. That oversight is startling when considering the literary impact of The Hair of Harold Roux. A dazzlingly crafted ...

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Dog Soldiers

by Robert Stone
Published: 1997-04-02
Paperback : 352 pages
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In Saigon during the waning days of the Vietnam War, a small-time journalist named John Converse thinks he'll find action - and profit - by getting involved in a big-time drug deal. But back in the States, things go horribly wrong for him. Dog Soldiers perfectly captures the underground ...
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Gravity's Rainbow (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

by Thomas Pynchon
Published: 2006-10-31
Paperback : 776 pages
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Winner of the 1973 National Book Award, Gravity's Rainbow is a postmodern epic, a work as exhaustively significant to the second half of the twentieth century as Joyce's Ulysses was to the first. Its sprawling, encyclopedic narrative and penetrating analysis of the impact of technology on ...
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Augustus (New York Review Books Classics)

by John Williams
Published: 2014-08-19
Paperback : 336 pages
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WINNER OF THE 1973 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 
By the Author of Stoner

In Augustus, his third great novel, John Williams took  on an entirely new challenge, a historical narrative set in classical Rome, exploring the life of the founder of the Roman Empire. To tell the story, Williams turned ...
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Chimera

by John Barth
Published: 2001-11-20
Paperback : 320 pages
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In CHIMERAJohn Barth injects his signature wit into the tales of Scheherezade of the Thousand and One Nights, Perseus, the slayer of Medusa, and Bellerophon, who tamed the winged horse Pegasus. In a book that the Washington Post called ?stylishly maned, tragically songful, and ...
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The Complete Stories

by Flannery O'Connor
Published: 1971-01-01
Paperback : 576 pages
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Winner of the National Book Award

The publication of this extraordinary volume firmly established Flannery O'Connor's monumental contribution to American fiction. There are thirty-one stories here in all, including twelve that do not appear in the only two story collections O'Connor put ...

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Mr. Sammler's Planet (Penguin Classics)

by Saul Bellow
Published: 2004-01-06
Paperback : 288 pages
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“An enduring testament and prophecy.” –Chicago Sun-Times

Mr. Artur Sammler, Holocaust survivor, intellectual, and occasional lecturer at Columbia University in 1960s New York City, is a “registrar of madness,” a refined and civilized being caught among people crazy with the ...
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