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Here’s the longlist for the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction.

Emily Temple

September 17, 2021, 10:15am

Today, the National Book Foundation announced their longlist for the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction. This year’s longlist features three debuts and includes, appropriately for this year, many novels that ask questions about the nature of home. These ten books were chosen from a total of 415 books submitted for the prize in fiction.

This year’s judges for the National Book Award in Fiction are Alan Michael Parker, Emily Pullen, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Charles Yu. The finalists will be announced on October 5, and the winners will be honored at the 72nd National Book Awards Ceremony on November 17.

Here’s the longlist:

Anthony Doerr, Cloud Cuckoo Land
Scribner / Simon & Schuster

Lauren Groff, Matrix
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

Jakob Guanzon, Abundance
Graywolf Press

Laird Hunt, Zorrie
Bloomsbury Publishing

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois
Harper / HarperCollins Publishers

Robert Jones, Jr., The Prophets
G. P. Putnam’s Sons / Penguin Random House

Katie Kitamura, Intimacies
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

Elizabeth McCracken, The Souvenir Museum: Stories
Ecco / HarperCollins Publishers

Jason Mott, Hell of a Book
Dutton / Penguin Random House

Richard Powers, Bewilderment
W. W. Norton & Company

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