It’s easy to feel intimidated by book awards—numerous shortlists, longlists, and winners are announced all year round, universally prestigious in their own right—so we collected some of the biggest ones to watch here so you can stay on top of it all.
When deciding to pick a book of short stories for our February Book of the Month, we turned to a modern classic: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. Lahiri writes tenderly and fiercely of family, marriage, society, and the immigrant experience.
If you haven’t yet read All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, it’s probably on your to-be-read list. And if it’s not, I’m thrilled to be the one to tell you about it.
The media storm that has been rumbling for the past few months over Harper Lee’s new book, Go Set a Watchman will blow full-force into the bookworld this summer with its release. This makes now a perfect time to revisit Lee’s classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Stephen King calls The Goldfinch “a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind.” There’s little wonder why it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Jack. John. Lila. These are some of the most enduring characters in modern American literature. They speak to us on many levels, particularly, I think, because they provide no clear answers. At times heroic and at times deeply flawed, they are also some of the most human characters in contemporary fiction.