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2020 Kirkus Prize Finalists

  • FICTION

    BLACK SUNDAY

    FEB. 4, 2020

FICTION

BLACK SUNDAY

by Tola Rotimi Abraham

Twin sisters cut adrift in a perilous, duplicitous world learn that “only the wise survive.” A formidable debut. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    FIEBRE TROPICAL

    MARCH 4, 2020

FICTION

FIEBRE TROPICAL

by Juliana Delgado Lopera

A rich, deeply felt novel about family ties, immigration, sexual longing, faith, and desire. Simultaneously raw and luminous. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE LYING LIFE OF ADULTS

    SEPT. 1, 2020

FICTION

THE LYING LIFE OF ADULTS

by Elena Ferrante ; translated by Ann Goldstein

A girl, a city, an inhospitable society: Ferrante’s formula works again! Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    LUSTER

    AUG. 4, 2020

FICTION

LUSTER

by Raven Leilani

Sharp, strange, propellant—and a whole lot of fun. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    DEACON KING KONG

    MARCH 3, 2020

  • FICTION

    SHUGGIE BAIN

    FEB. 11, 2020

FICTION

SHUGGIE BAIN

by Douglas Stuart

You will never forget Shuggie Bain. Scene by scene, this book is a masterpiece. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    A FURIOUS SKY

    JUNE 9, 2020

  • NONFICTION

    FATHOMS

    JULY 28, 2020

NONFICTION

FATHOMS

by Rebecca Giggs

A thoughtful, ambitiously crafted appeal for the preservation of marine mammals. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE ADDRESS BOOK

    APRIL 14, 2020

HISTORY

THE ADDRESS BOOK

by Deirdre Mask

A standout book of sociological history and current affairs. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    WORLD OF WONDERS

    SEPT. 8, 2020

  • NONFICTION

    STAKES IS HIGH

    SEPT. 15, 2020

NONFICTION

STAKES IS HIGH

by Mychal Denzel Smith

An urgent and provocative work that deserves the broadest possible audience. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    CASTE

    AUG. 11, 2020

NONFICTION

CASTE

by Isabel Wilkerson

A memorable, provocative book that exposes an American history in which few can take pride. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    I AM EVERY GOOD THING

    SEPT. 1, 2020

CHILDREN'S

I AM EVERY GOOD THING

by Derrick Barnes ; illustrated by Gordon C. James

The title says it all: Black boys are “every good thing.” Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS

    MARCH 17, 2020

CHILDREN'S

WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS

by Carole Lindstrom ; illustrated by Michaela Goade

An inspiring call to action for all who care about our interconnected planet. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    FIGHTING WORDS

    AUG. 11, 2020

CHILDREN'S

FIGHTING WORDS

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Refusing to soft-pedal hard issues, the novel speaks with an astringent honesty, at once heartbreaking and hopeful. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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