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Announcing the Finalists for the 2019 Big Other Book Award for Fiction!


We are excited to announce the finalists for the 2019 Big Other Book Award for Fiction.

Most of the books below are linked to their respective pages at Bookshop, the fledgling indie alternative to evil empire Amazon. Visit the Big Other Shop there, where you can find the list of finalists in its entirety.

Without further ado, here are the finalists for the 2019 Big Other Book Award for Fiction:

Farooq Ahmed’s Kansastan (7.13 Books)

Donna Baier Stein’s Scenes from the Heartland (Serving House Books) 

Jesi Bender’s The Book of the Last Word (Whisk(e)y Tit)

Kim Chinquee’s Wetsuit (Ravenna Press)

Kathryn Davis’s The Silk Road (Graywolf Press)

Lindsey Drager’s The Archive of Alternative Endings (Dzanc Books)

Brian Evenson’s Song for the Unraveling of the World (Coffee House Press)

Andrew Farkas’s The Big Red Herring (Kernpunkt Press)

Carol Guess and Aimee Parkison’s Girl Zoo (FC2)

Joshua Kornreich Horsebuggy (Sagging Meniscus Press)

László Krasznahorkai’s Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming (New Directions), translated by Ottilie Mulzet

Karen An-hwei Lee’s The Maze of Transparencies (Ellipsis Press)

Hillary Leftwich’s Ghosts Are Just Strangers Who Know How to Knock (The Accomplices)

Sam Lipsyte’s Hark (Simon & Schuster)

Norman Lock’s Feast Day of the Cannibals (Bellevue Literary Press)

Gary Lutz’s The Complete Gary Lutz (Tyrant Books)

Christina Milletti’s Choke Box (University of Massachusetts Press)

Natanya Ann Pulley’s With Teeth (New Rivers Press)

Chuck Richardson’s Iterations of Lilith and Adam: An Alien’s Memoir (BlazeVOX)

Salman Rushdie’s Quichotte (Random House)

Joe Sacksteder’s Make/Shift (Sarabande)

Susan Steinberg’s Machine (Graywolf Press)

Terese Svoboda’s Great American Desert (Mad Creek Books)

Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys (Doubleday)

D. Harlan Wilson’s The Psychotic Dr. Schreber (Stalking Horse Press)


John Madera's fiction may be found in Conjunctions, Opium Magazine, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His criticism may be found in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, John Madera lives in New York City, where he runs Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

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