Kia Corthron Wins the 2016 First Novel Prize

kia-corthron-castle-cross-magnet-carterLast night, Kia Corthron won the Center for Fiction’s 2016 First Novel Prize for The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter, a book about two pairs of brothers involved in the early Civil Rights Movement. (Did we review it? No we did not. You win some, you lose some Sorry, Kia Corthron!)

This year’s winner was selected by a fine group of novelists whose books we have, however, reviewed: Chris Abani (The Secret History of Las Vegas), Kate Christensen (The Astral), Rivka Galchen (American Innovations), Kate Walbert (The Sunken Cathedral), and Viet Thanh Nguyen, whose debut novel, The Sympathizer, won both last year’s First Novel Prize and the ALA’s own Andrew Carnegie Award for Excellence in Fiction.

What? You want more suggestions for debut novels? Click here for the First Novel Prize shortlist, and here for the National Book Critics Circle Leonard Prize shortlist. You’re welcome!







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