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.