National Book Critics Circle announces finalists for 2019 John Leonard Prize for Best First Book

By Mark Athitakis

The NBCC membership has selected the following titles as finalists for the John Leonard Prize for the best first book published in 2019:

Fleishman Is In Trouble, Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Random House)

The Yellow House: A Memoir, Sarah M. Broom (Grove)

The Unpassing, Chia-Chia Lin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir, T Kira Madden (Bloomsbury)

Disappearing Earth, Julia Phillips (Knopf)

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion, Jia Tolentino (Random House)

Lot: Stories, Bryan Washington (Riverhead)

Nominations for the John Leonard Prize for a first book in any genre are solicited from the voting members of the NBCC. Finalists for the Prize are the titles that received the most nominations. A panel of NBCC member-volunteers will read the finalists and select the winner, which will be announced on January 11, 2020. The John Leonard Prize will be presented at the NBCC Awards Ceremony in New York City on March 12, 2020.

Posted December 6, 2019