2011 National Book Award Finalists Announced

The Millions is reporting the National Book Award finalist for 2011:

“For the second year in a row, the fiction finalists number four women versus one male author, and many of the ‘bigger’ literary releases of the year are nowhere to be found. Also for the second year in a row, a New Yorker ’20 Under 40′ writer is recognized. By virtue of that, Téa Obreht may be the most well-known name of the bunch. A pair of independent or university presses are represented among the fiction finalists, including Bellevue Literary Press, which made its name when Paul Harding’s Tinkers won the 2010 Pulitzer. In nonfiction, we have the first graphic book in to be recognized in this category and a late addition to the YA finalists list: Chime by Franny Billingsley.”

The following is the list and synopsis of each nominee. What do you think, LitStackers? Did the Foundation get it right? Are your favorite novelists on the list?

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