Guardian First Book Award

The short list for the Guardian's First Book award features four novels and one collection of short stories. Last year, the list featured four non-fiction titles so there's evidently no attempt at balancing out the nominees through genres... and no guessing as to what will seize the day. Here are this year's contenders:
  • A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, Yiyun Li (the short story collection)
  • Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living, Carrie Tiffany
  • In the Country of Men, Hisham Matar
  • Harbor, Lorraine Adams
  • Poppy Shakespeare, Clare Allan

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