Lahiri Nominated for Both Booker and N.B.A.


Proving the fluidity of nationality these days, Jhumpa Lahiri is now a contender for two national fiction awards for her novel, The Lowland, (RH/Knopf; RH Audio; RH Large Print). She is on the Booker shortlist, limited to authors from the British Commonwealth and Ireland (she was born in London to parents who had immigrated from India). She is also on the longlist for the National Book Awards, announced today, which are limited to authors from the U.S. (her family moved to the U.S. when she was two).

The list also includes George Saunders’ collection of short stories, The Tenth of December(Random House; BOT), which was propelled onto best sellers lists earlier this year by the  NYT Magazine cover story, “George Saunders Has Written The Best Book You’ll Read This Year.”

The entire list, with annotations and links to selected reviews and author interviews is on the Book Beast web site. Full bibliographic information for all the titles is available on our downloadable spreadsheet, Natl-Book-Awards-Fiction-Longlist.

This is the final of the four longlists; those for Young People’s Literature, Poetry and Nonfiction were announced earlier this week. Finalists will be announce on Oct. 16 and the winners on Nov. 20. 

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