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National Book Award fiction longlist: Colson Whitehead, Jacqueline Woodson lead pack

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The first stage of the journey to this year’s National Book Award has begun. On Thursday, the longlist for the fiction award was announced, with the announcement of finalists to follow on Oct. 13 and the winner revealed (alongside the other categories of nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature) at a New York gala on Nov. 16.

The fiction longlist contains 10 nominees, including much buzzed-about works from Colson Whitehead and Jacqueline Woodson. Check it out below.

Garth Greenwell, What Belongs to You (Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan)

Adam Haslett, Imagine Me Gone (Little, Brown and Company / Hachette Book Group)

Paulette Jiles, News of the World (William Morrow / HarperCollinsPublishers)

Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs (Viking Books / Penguin Random House)

Elizabeth McKenzie, The Portable Veblen (Penguin Press / Penguin Random House)

Lydia Millet, Sweet Lamb of Heaven (W. W. Norton & Company)

Brad Watson, Miss Jane (W. W. Norton & Company)

Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad (Doubleday / Penguin Random House)

Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn (Amistad / HarperCollinsPublishers)

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