Book Awards » National Book Critics Circle Award - Literary Fiction

Categories: General Nonfiction, Literary Fiction, Memoir / Autobiography, Biography, Criticism, Poetry, Autobiography / Biography
The National Book Critics Circle, founded in 1974, is a nonprofit organization consisting of more than 600 active book reviewers from all over the country who are interested in honoring quality writing and communicating with one another about common concerns. Each year in March, they present awards to the best books published in English in six categories: Fiction, General Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism. *In 2005 the category Autobiography/Biography was separated into Memoir/Autobiography and Biography.

2016

LaRose
LaRose
Author: Louise Erdrich
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
 3


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2014

Lila (Gilead, Bk 3)
Lila (Gilead, Bk 3)
Author: Marilynne Robinson
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 5


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2013

Americanah
Americanah
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 10


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2012

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Author: Ben Fountain
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 9


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2011

Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories
Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories
Author: Edith Pearlman
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
 4


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2010

A Visit from the Goon Squad
A Visit from the Goon Squad
Author: Jennifer Egan
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 78


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2009

Wolf Hall (Wolf Hall, Bk 1)
Wolf Hall (Wolf Hall, Bk 1)
Author: Hilary Mantel
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 79


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2008

2666
2666
Author: Roberto Bolano
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 17


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2007

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Author: Junot Diaz
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 383


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2006

The Inheritance of Loss
The Inheritance of Loss
Author: Kiran Desai
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
 316


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2005

The March
The March
Author: E. L. Doctorow
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 55


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2004

Gilead
Gilead
Author: Marilynne Robinson
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 295


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2003

The Known World
The Known World
Author: Edward P. Jones
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 476


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2002

Atonement
Atonement
Author: Ian McEwan
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 886


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2001

Austerlitz
Austerlitz
Author: Winfried Georg Sebald, Anthea Bell (Translator)
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
 17


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2000

Being Dead
Being Dead
Author: Jim Crace
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
 55


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1999

Motherless Brooklyn
Motherless Brooklyn
Author: Jonathan Lethem
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 156


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1998

The Love of a Good Woman : Stories
The Love of a Good Woman : Stories
Author: Alice Munro
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 29


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1997

The Blue Flower
The Blue Flower
Author: Penelope Fitzgerald
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 39


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1996

Women in Their Beds: New and Selected Stories
Women in Their Beds: New and Selected Stories
Author: Gina Berriault
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
 4


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1995

Mrs. Ted Bliss (American Literature (Dalkey Archive))
Mrs. Ted Bliss (American Literature (Dalkey Archive))
Author: Stanley Elkin
  • Currently 1.5/5 Stars.
 1


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1994

The Stone Diaries
The Stone Diaries
Author: Carol Shields
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 302


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1993

A Lesson Before Dying
A Lesson Before Dying
Author: Ernest J. Gaines
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 374


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1992

All the Pretty Horses (Border, Bk 1)
All the Pretty Horses (Border, Bk 1)
Author: Cormac McCarthy
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 372


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1991

A Thousand Acres
A Thousand Acres
Author: Jane Smiley
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 281


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1990

Rabbit at Rest (Harry Rabbit Angstrom, Bk 4)
Rabbit at Rest (Harry Rabbit Angstrom, Bk 4)
Author: John Updike
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 22


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1989

Billy Bathgate
Billy Bathgate
Author: E. L. Doctorow
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 16


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1988

The Middleman and Other Stories
The Middleman and Other Stories
Author: Bharati Mukherjee
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 5


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1987

The Counterlife
The Counterlife
Author: Philip Roth
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 2


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1986

Kate Vaiden
Kate Vaiden
Author: Reynolds Price
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 22


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1985

The Accidental Tourist
The Accidental Tourist
Author: Anne Tyler
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 87


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1984

Love Medicine
Love Medicine
Author: Louise Erdrich
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 87


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1983

Ironweed
Ironweed
Author: William J. Kennedy
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 110


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1982

George Mills
George Mills
Author: Stanley Elkin
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 1


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1981

Rabbit is Rich (Rabbit Angstrom, Bk 3)
Rabbit is Rich (Rabbit Angstrom, Bk 3)
Author: John Updike
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 28


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1980

The Transit of Venus
The Transit of Venus
Author: Shirley Hazzard
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 18


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1979

The Year of the French
The Year of the French
Author: Thomas Flanagan
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 3


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1978

The Stories of John Cheever
The Stories of John Cheever
Author: John Cheever
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 7


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1977

Song of Solomon
Song of Solomon
Author: Toni Morrison
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 298


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1976

October Light
October Light
Author: John Gardner
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1975

Ragtime
Ragtime
Author: E. L. Doctorow
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 104


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