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National Book Critics Circle unveils fiction shortlist

24th January 2011

The five novels in competition for the National Book Critics Circle's fiction prize 2010 have been named.

At an event in New York on Saturday (January 22nd), the National Book Critics Circle announced that Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan and David Grossman's To The End Of The Land have been shortlisted for the prize.

The finalists for the award, which carries no monetary reward, are completed by Comedy In A Minor Key by Hans Keilson and Paul Murray's Skippy Dies.

Founded in 1974, the National Book Critics Circle's fiction prize aims to recognise 'outstanding writing' and has been won by John Updike, Philip Roth, Alice Munro and Roberto Bolano. Last year, the award was given to Hilary Mantel for Man Booker-winning Wolf Hall.

In October last year, Franzen's Freedom was absent from the shortlist of the National Book Awards 2010 fiction prize, despite being lauded as one of the best books of the year.

The honour was eventually won by Jaimy Gordon with Lord of Misrule.
 

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