At long last — OK, just a few days, really — we have the longlist for fiction from National Book Awards. And there’s a Floridian on the list.
Lauren Groff (a native of Cooperstown, N.Y., who lives in Gainesville) was nominated for her third novel, Fates and Furies (Riverhead), about the secrets of a marriage. Also on the list is Hanya Yanagihara for A Little Life (Doubleday/Penguin Random House), about four men who move to New York City after their college graduation. A Little Life was also nominated for the Man Booker Prize earlier this week.
The rest of the list:
Jesse Ball, A Cure for Suicide (Pantheon)
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Karen E. Bender, Refund: Stories (Soft Skull/Counterpoint)
Bill Clegg, Did You Ever Have a Family (Scout/Simon & Schuster)
Angela Flournoy, The Turner House (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Adam Johnson, Fortune Smiles: Stories (Random)
T. Geronimo Johnson, Welcome to Braggsville (Morrow/HarperCollins)
Edith Pearlman, Honeydew (Little, Brown/Hachette)
Nell Zink, Mislaid (Ecco/HarperCollins)
Five finalists will be announced Oct. 14, and the winner will be announced Nov. 18. Miami Book Fair International will present “An Evening With the National Book Awards Winners and Finalists” at 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at Miami Dade College.