All week long, Paperback Paris will be covering the longlist for the 2017 National Book Awards.
Today’s NBA announcement unveils the contenders for the longlist for Fiction, which features Jesmyn Ward, Lisa Ko, Elliot Ackerman, Charmaine Craig, Jennifer Egan, Min Jin Lee, Carmen Maria Machado, Carol Zoref, Daniel Alarcon, and Margaret Wilkerson Sexton. This year’s panel of judges for the longlist for Fiction include Alexander Chee, Dave Eggers, Annie Philbrick, Karolina Waclawiak, and Jacqueline Woodson (Chair).
See who made the cut, below.
Be sure to tune in October 4, when the shortlists will be announced.
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Elliot Ackerman, Dark at the Crossing
Synopsis: Haris Abadi is a man in search of a cause. An Arab American with a conflicted past, he is now in Turkey, attempting to cross into Syria and join the fight against Bashar al-Assad’s regime. But he is robbed before he can make it, and is taken in by Amir, a charismatic Syrian refugee and former revolutionary, and Amir’s wife, Daphne, a sophisticated beauty haunted by grief. As it becomes clear that Daphne is also desperate to return to Syria, Haris’s choices become ever more wrenching: Whose side is he really on? Is he a true radical or simply an idealist? And will he be able to bring meaning to a life of increasing frustration and helplessness? Told with compassion and a deft hand, Dark at the Crossing is an exploration of loss, of second chances, and of why we choose to believe—a trenchantly observed novel of raw urgency and power.