“Audaciously titled, cleverly constructed, Winner of the National Book Award is an elegy wrapped inside a satire, a sorrowful meditation on the mysteries of sibling love and rivalry concealed within a bitterly funny chronicle of literary buffoonery. Jincy Willett is a fearless writer, capable of startling the reader into rueful laughter at every turn.”
—Tom Perrotta, author of Joe College
Former US Marine Phil Klay won the National Book Award for fiction Wednesday night for “Redeployment,” his collection of short stories about soldiers on the front lines of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan — and what happened to them when they returned home.
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The National Book Awards have been given annually since 1950 for books published in the current award year. Submissions for the 2013 prizes open today. Using the new online submission system, publishers may submit books published between December 1, 2012, and November 30, 2013, until June 3. Visit the website for .
Amazon, one of the sponsors at the 2014 National Book Awards, was the subject of plenty of barbs by the master of ceremonies, Daniel Handler — who writes the mega best-selling children’s books under the Lemony Snicket pseudonym.