Via Scoop.it – internetbillboards
For the second year in a row books about war and foreign locales enchanted the judges of the National Book Awards, whose finalists were announced on Wednesday. The finalists for fiction are Andrew Krivak, for “The Sojourn” (Bellevue Literary Press), a novel set during World War I; Téa Obreht for “The Tiger’s Wife” (Random House), a best-selling debut novel set in the war-torn Balkans; Julie Otsuka for “The Buddha in the Attic” (Knopf), about Japanese “picture brides” brought to the United States nearly a century ago; Edith Pearlman for “Binocular Vision” (Lookout Books), a story collection whose characters confront issues of identity and relocation; and Jesmyn Ward for “Salvage the Bones” (Bloomsbury USA), a story of a Mississippi Gulf family facing Hurricane Katrina.
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