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Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize shortlist unveiled

12th August 2010

The seven debut novels shortlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize have been announced by the Mercantile Library's Center for Fiction.

Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste, Julie Orringer's The Invisible Bridge, Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes and Adam Ross' Mr. Peanut are among those competing for the award.

The shortlist is completed by Michelle Hoover's The Quickening, The Report by Jessica Francis Kane and Drew Perry's This is Just Exactly Like You.

Seeking to recognise new works by emerging American novelists, the award carries a USD 10,000 (GBP 6,400) first prize and grants USD 1,000 to each of the shortlisted authors.

A donation by US author Nancy Dunnan has made it possible for all the shortlisted authors to be rewarded.

'Being first is, of course, the prize. But the runners-up might also have been first. They deserve this recognition as well,' she commented.

Last year, Woodsburner by John Pipkin won the honour, which was then known as the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize.

The centre also oversees the Clifton Fadiman Medal and the Maxwell E. Perkins Award.
 

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