Book Awards » National Book Award - Literary Fiction

National Book AwardCategories: Poetry, Young Reader's Literature, General Nonfiction, Literary Fiction
The National Book Awards were first awarded in 1950 by a consortium of American book publishers. The mission of the nonprofit National Book Foundation, which now oversees the awards, is to “celebrate the best of American literature, expand its audience, and to enhance cultural value of good writing in America”. The awards are presented each Fall in 4 genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature. Winners receive a $10,000 cash prize and a crystal sculpture.

2015

Fortune Smiles: Stories
Fortune Smiles: Stories
Author: Adam Johnson
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1


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2014

Redeployment
Redeployment
Author: Phil Klay
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 5


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2013

The Good Lord Bird
The Good Lord Bird
Author: James McBride
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
 9


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2012

The Round House
The Round House
Author: Louise Erdrich
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 70


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2011

Salvage the Bones
Salvage the Bones
Author: Jesmyn Ward
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 18


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2010

Lord of Misrule
Lord of Misrule
Author: Jaimy Gordon
  • Currently 2.7/5 Stars.
 9


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2009

Let the Great World Spin
Let the Great World Spin
Author: Colum McCann
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 192


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2008

Shadow Country (Modern Library Paperbacks)
Shadow Country (Modern Library Paperbacks)
Author: Peter Matthiessen
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 18


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2007

Tree of Smoke
Tree of Smoke
Author: Denis Johnson
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 17


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2006

The Echo Maker
The Echo Maker
Author: Richard Powers
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
 24


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2005

Europe Central
Europe Central
Author: William T. Vollmann
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
 8


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2004

The News From Paraguay
The News From Paraguay
Author: Lily Tuck
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
 37


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2003

The Great Fire
The Great Fire
Author: Shirley Hazzard
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 52


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2002

Three Junes
Three Junes
Author: Julia Glass
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 13


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2001

The Corrections
The Corrections
Author: Jonathan Franzen
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 133


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2000

In America
In America
Author: Susan Sontag
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 15


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1999

Waiting
Waiting
Author: Ha Jin
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 11


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1998

Charming Billy
Charming Billy
Author: Alice McDermott
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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1997

Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain
Author: Charles Frazier
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 713


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1996

Ship Fever and Other Stories
Ship Fever and Other Stories
Author: Andrea Barrett
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 4


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1995

Sabbath's Theater
Sabbath's Theater
Author: Philip Roth
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
 16


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1994

A Frolic of His Own
A Frolic of His Own
Author: William Gaddis
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 15


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1993

The Shipping News
The Shipping News
Author: Annie Proulx
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 697


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1992

All the Pretty Horses (Border, Bk 1)
All the Pretty Horses (Border, Bk 1)
Author: Cormac McCarthy
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 370


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1991

Mating
Mating
Author: Norman Rush
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 26


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1990

Middle Passage
Middle Passage
Author: Charles Johnson
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 28


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1989

Spartina
Spartina
Author: John Casey
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 16


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1988

Paris Trout
Paris Trout
Author: Pete Dexter
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 52


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1987

Paco's Story
Paco's Story
Author: Larry Heinemann
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 7


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1986

World's Fair
World's Fair
Author: E. L. Doctorow
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 24


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1985

White Noise
White Noise
Author: Don DeLillo
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 155


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1984

Victory Over Japan : A Book of Stories (Back Bay Books)
Victory Over Japan : A Book of Stories (Back Bay Books)
Author: Ellen Gilchrist
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 16


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1983

No Award Given

1982

No Award Given

1981

No Award Given

1980

No Award Given

1979

Going After Cacciato
Going After Cacciato
Author: Tim O'Brien
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 47


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1978

Blood Tie (Mary Lee Settle Collection)
Blood Tie (Mary Lee Settle Collection)
Author: Mary Lee Settle
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 2


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1977

The Spectator Bird
The Spectator Bird
Author: Wallace Stegner
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 21


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1976

JR (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
JR (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
Author: William Gaddis
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1


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1975

The Hair of Harold Roux (Hardscrabble Books)
The Hair of Harold Roux (Hardscrabble Books)
Author: Thomas Williams
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1975

Dog Soldiers
Dog Soldiers
Author: Robert Stone
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 13


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1974

Gravity's Rainbow (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
Gravity's Rainbow (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
Author: Thomas Pynchon
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 16


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1974

A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories.
A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories.
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 1


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1973

Augustus : A Novel (Vintage)
Augustus : A Novel (Vintage)
Author: John Edward Williams
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 2


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1973

Chimera
Chimera
Author: John Barth
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 7


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1972

The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor
The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor
Author: Flannery O'Connor
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
 4


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1971

Mr. Sammler's Planet
Mr. Sammler's Planet
Author: Saul Bellow
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 2


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1970

Them
Them
Author: Joyce Carol Oates
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 14


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1969

Steps
Steps
Author: Jerzy Kosinski
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 4


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1968

The Eighth Day
The Eighth Day
Author: Thornton Wilder
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1


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1967

The Fixer (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
The Fixer (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
Author: Bernard Malamud
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 25


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1966

The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
Author: Katherine Anne Porter
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 15


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1965

Herzog (Penguin Classics)
Herzog (Penguin Classics)
Author: Saul Bellow
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
 11


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1964

The Centaur
The Centaur
Author: John Updike
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 2


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1963

Morte D'Urban (New York Review Books Classics)
Morte D'Urban (New York Review Books Classics)
Author: J. F. Powers
  • Currently 2.6/5 Stars.
 5


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1962

The Moviegoer
The Moviegoer
Author: Walker Percy
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 89


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1961

The Waters of Kronos
The Waters of Kronos
Author: Conrad Richter, Conrad Richter
  • Currently 2.3/5 Stars.
 2


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1960

Goodbye, Columbus : And Five Short Stories (Vintage International)
Goodbye, Columbus : And Five Short Stories (Vintage International)
Author: Philip Roth
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 29


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1959

The Magic Barrel: Stories
The Magic Barrel: Stories
Author: Bernard Malamud
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
 2


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1958

The Wapshot Chronicle (Vintage International)
The Wapshot Chronicle (Vintage International)
Author: John Cheever
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 6


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1957

Field of Vision
Field of Vision
Author: Wright Morris
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1956

Ten North Frederick
Ten North Frederick
Author: John O'Hara
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1955

A Fable
A Fable
Author: William Faulkner
  • Currently 2.4/5 Stars.
 5


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1954

The Adventures of Augie March (Penguin Classics)
The Adventures of Augie March (Penguin Classics)
Author: Saul Bellow
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 6


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1953

Invisible Man
Invisible Man
Author: Ralph Ellison
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 302


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1952

From Here to Eternity
From Here to Eternity
Author: James Jones
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 2


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1951

Collected Stories
Collected Stories
Author: William Faulkner
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 6


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1950

The Man With the Golden Arm
The Man With the Golden Arm
Author: Nelson Algren
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 6


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