2014 National Book Awards for Fiction

National Book Award Winners

This week the National Book Award Winner was announced. We love book awards because it helps us if we need a little extra push deciding on a book to read! With awards to celebrate everything from high brow fiction to mysteries to children’s books you’d be hard-pressed not to find what you are looking for.

Here is the list of books that made the shortlist for the National Book Award, including the winner!


Redeployment by Phil KlayRedeployment by Phil Klay

Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth.


Honor Books

An Uneccessary Woman by Rabih AlameddineAn Unneccessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

Aaliya Saleh lives alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books. Godless, fatherless, childless, and divorced, Aaliya is her family’s ‘unnecessary appendage’. Every year, she translates a new favourite book into Arabic. The thirty-seven books that Aaliya has translated over her lifetime have never been read – by anyone. This breathtaking portrait of a reclusive woman follows Aaliya’s digressive mind as it ricochets across visions of past and present Beirut. 

A love letter to literature and its power to define who we are Alameddine has given us a magnificent rendering of one woman’s life in the Middle East.


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

As Europe is engulfed by war and lives collide unpredictably, ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ is a captivating and devastating elegy for innocence. We see many lives intersect in unexpected ways.

The story is an epic look at Europe during a time of unraveling.



Station Eleven by Emily St. John MandelStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, from the author of three highly acclaimed previous novels.  Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

This book had so much enthusiasm for it, it’s exciting to see it on the list.


Lila by Marilynne RobinsonLila by Marilynne Robinson

Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town church-the only available shelter-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the days of suffering that preceded her newfound security. 

Revisiting the beloved characters and setting of Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead and Orange Prize-winning Home, Lila is a moving expression of the mysteries of existence.

For a full list of winners and honor books in all categories see here.

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