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National Book Awards shortlists unveiled

13th October 2011

The 2011 National Book Awards shortlists have been announced, with Orange Prize for Fiction winner Tea Obreht in contention for another major literary prize for The Tiger's Wife.

Obreht is up against four other authors in the fiction category, including Andrew Krivak, for The Sojourn, and Julie Otsuka's The Buddha in the Attic.

Edith Pearlman's Binocular Vision and Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward complete the shortlist for the award, which carries a USD 10,000 (GBP 6,400) prize.

A victory would cap a remarkable year for debut author Obreht, who became the youngest ever winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction in June at the age of 25 and revealed that she did not feel she had earned the award.

The winners of all four categories of the National Book Awards will be named in a ceremony in New York on November 16th.

Last year's National Book Awards fiction prize was won by Jaimy Gordon's Lord of Misrule, which was an outsider for the award but was favoured by the judging panel for being 'vivid, memorable, and linguistically rich'.

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