Today, the finalists for the National Book Award were announced, and one of them excites me a great deal because I've already read and loved it!
The finalists for fiction are: American Salvage, by Bonnie Jo Campbell; Let the Great World Spin, by Column McCann; Far North, by Marcel Theroux; Lark & Termite, by Jane Ann Phillips; and In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, by Daniyal Mueenuddin.
I read and adored In Other Rooms, Other Wonders last year. It's a short story collection set in 1970s Pakistan and it's lovely. I highly recommend it, and I hope it wins. Though I haven't read any of the others, so I can't really compare.
For a full article about the other categories and nominees, click here.