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Underdog James McBride takes National Book Award


The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

Winners of the prestigious National Book Award were announced Wednesday evening, with James McBride taking the fiction prize for The Good Lord Bird. Many are calling the win a surprise, considering the underdog was up against favorites Thomas Pynchon and Jhumpa Lahiri. But the winning novel is said to be wildly entertaining, darkly funny, and well deserving. The historical tale tells the story of a young slave’s adventures with abolitionist John Brown. McBride is best known for his 1996 memoir, The Color of Water but we have a feeling that’s about to change. A few signed copies of the winning novel can be found on our site.  

Other 2013 National Book Award winners include George Packer for The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (nonfiction), Mary Szybist for Incarnadine: Poems (poetry), and Cynthia Kadohata for The Thing About Luck (young people’s literature).

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