National Book Awards Nominees for Fiction: Hemon, Robinson, Kushner, Mathiessen, Scibona

Scott Turow, speaking at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, just now announced the National Book Awards fiction finalists:

Alexander Hemon, The Lazarus Project (Riverhead)

Rachel Kushner, Telex From Cuba (Scribner)

Peter Mathiessen, Shadow Country (Modern Library)

Marilynne Robinson, Home (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Salvatore Scibona, The End (Graywolf Press)

A surprising list. Several omissions are notable, but the absence of Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland, which was also snubbed by the Man Booker Prize, is likely to be especially remarked upon today.

National Book Awards Nominees for Fiction: Hemon, Robinson, Kushner, Mathiessen, Scibona