Although not quite as famous as the Pulitzer — or as lucrative as the Man Booker Prize — the National Book Critics Circle Award is high in prestige and often serves as a spot-on predictor of Pulitzer love. On Jan. 13, the NBCC announced 30 finalists for the award in six categories. Donna Tartt is the most boldfaced name among the fiction finalists for her long-awaited novel The Goldfinch, which is currently No. 2 on the best-seller list — something of a rarity for a 771-page novel. Also nominated in fiction was Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. (It’s safe to say that the Nigerian-born author is the only nominee who’s been sampled on a Beyoncé song.) Another literary headliner, Jonathan Franzen, received a nod for his work of criticism The Kraus Project. Other notable nominees are Jesmyn Ward for her stirring memoir Men We Reaped and George Packer for his nonfiction tome about failing American institutions, The Unwinding. The organization will announce the winners in March.
Posted January 17 2014 — 12:00 AM EST
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