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National Book Critics Circle Award Winners: 1979 – Present

The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) is an association of book reviewers in the United States. Founded in 1974, it presents awards for the finest books published in the English language. For more information, visit their site and official blog. Below are the FICTION winners from 1979 through 2007. From 2008 on, I have also included the nominees.

Books I’ve read are highlighted in Blue with links to reviews.


Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain – WINNER

HHhH. tr. by Sam Taylor by Laurent Binet
The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (read my review)
Magnificence by Lydia Millet
NW by Zadie Smith


Binocular Vision, by Edith Pearlman, WINNER

Open City by Teju Cole
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (read my review)
The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst
Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta


A Visit From The Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan – WINNER

Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen (read my review)
To The End Of The Land, by David Grossman (translated by Jessica Cohen)
Comedy In A Minor Key, by Hans Keilson (translated by Damion Searls)
Skippy Dies, by Paul Murray


Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel – WINNERread my review
American Salvage, by Bonnie Jo Campbell
The Book of Night Women, Marlon James
Blame, by Michelle Huneven
Lark and Termite, by Jayne Anne Phillips


2666, by Roberto Bolaño – WINNER
Home, by Marilynne Robinson
The Lazarus Project, by Aleksandar Hemon
The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart, by M. Glenn Talyor
Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout (read my review)

2007 – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz

2006 The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai (read my review)

2005 – The March, by E.L. Doctorow

2004 Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson

2003 – The Known World, by Edward P. Jones

2002 Atonement, by Ian McEwan (read my review)

2001 – Austerlitz, by W.G. Sebald

2000 – Being Dead, by Jim Crace

1999 – Motherless Brooklyn, by Jonathan Lethem

1998 – The Love of A Good Woman: Stories, by Alice Monroe

1997 – The Blue Flower, by Penelope Fitzgerald

1996 – Women in Their Beds: New and Selected Stories, by Gina Berriault

1995 – Mrs. Ted Bliss, by Stanley Elkin

1994 – The Stone Diaries, by Carol Shields

1993 – A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines

1992 – All The Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy

1991 – Thousand Acres, by Jane Smiley

1990 – Rabbit At Rest, by John Updike

1989 – Billy Bathgate, by E.L. Doctorow

1988 – The Middleman and Other Stories, by Bharati Mukherjee

1987 – The Counterlife, by Philip Roth

1986 – Kate Vaiden, by Reynolds Price

1985 – The Accidental Tourist, by Anne Tyler

1984 – Love Medicine, by Louise Erdrich (read my review)

1983 – Ironweed, by William J. Kennedy

1982 – George Mills, by Stanley Elkin

1981 – Rabbit Is Rich, by John Updike

1980 – The Transit of Venus, by Shirley Hazzard

1979 – The Year of the French, by Thomas Flanagan

1978 – The Stories of John Cheever, by John Cheever

1977 Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison (read my review)

1976 – October Light, by John Gardner

1975 – Ragtime, by E.L. Doctorow


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