National Book Award Finalists Announced

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The five finalists for the National Book Award for fiction has been officially announced. The finalists include Thomas Pynchon (The Bleeding Edge), Jhumpa Lahiri (The Lowland), James McBride (The Good Lord Bird), Rachel Kushner, (The Flamethrowers), and George Saunders (Tenth of December).

Lahiri, Saunders, and Pynchon, have been on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list this year with Lahiri peaking at number 9, Saunders at number 26, and Pynchon at number 29.

Pynchon is the notoriously private novelist who has continually captivated audiences for over 40 years. His novel, “The Bleeding Edge” is set in New York between the dot-com boom and 9/11. He is one of the most known novelists in this year’s finalists. However, it is doubtful that he will attend the black-tie awards ceremony in New York as he has evaded journalists throughout his 40 year career. In 1974 when he won…

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