The National Book Critics Circle — of which I am not a member — has announced its nominees for the John Leonard Prize. The prize goes to the best first book in any genre.
You may recognize some of these titles:
“The Mothers,” by Brit Bennett (Riverhead)
“The Girls,” by Emma Cline (Random House)
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“Homegoing,” by Yaa Gyasi (Knopf)
“The Nix,” by Nathan Hill (Knopf)
“Grief Is the Thing with Feathers,” by Max Porter (Graywolf)
The winner will be announced March 16 in New York.