2022 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

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The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize was created in 2006 to honor the best first novel of the year.  Debut novels published between January 1 and December 31 of the award year are eligible.  Check out the 2022 short- and long-listed books below!  The winners will be announced later this year.


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The 2022 Winner:

If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English by Noor Naga

 

Shortlist:

Brown Girls by Daphne Palasi Andreades The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan NSFW by Isabel Kaplan Little Rabbit by Alyssa Songsiridej Big Girl by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan The Immortal King Rao by Vauhini Vara

 

Longlist:

When We Were Sisters: A Novel By Fatimah Asghar Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9780593133460
Published: One World - October 18th, 2022

Nobody's Magic By Destiny O. Birdsong Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9781538721391
Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 8th, 2022

Activities of Daily Living: A Novel By Lisa Hsiao Chen Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393881127
Availability: Not Currently In-Store; May require 2-3 days before shipping
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 12th, 2022

The Sign for Home: A Novel By Blair Fell Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9781982175955
Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - April 5th, 2022

Shadows of Pecan Hollow: A Novel By Caroline Frost Cover Image
$27.99
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ISBN: 9780063065345
Published: William Morrow - February 8th, 2022

Lungfish: A Novel By Meghan Gilliss Cover Image
$26.00
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ISBN: 9781646220915
Published: Catapult - September 13th, 2022

What the Fireflies Knew: A Novel By Kai Harris Cover Image
$26.00
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ISBN: 9780593185346
Published: Tiny Reparations Books - February 1st, 2022

Fire Season: A Novel By Leyna Krow Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9780593299609
Published: Viking - July 12th, 2022

We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies By Tsering Yangzom Lama Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781635576412
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - May 17th, 2022

Portrait of a Thief: A Novel By Grace D. Li Cover Image
$26.00
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ISBN: 9780593184738
Published: Tiny Reparations Books - April 5th, 2022

The Boy with a Bird in His Chest: A Novel By Emme Lund Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9781982171933
Published: Atria Books - February 15th, 2022

Nightcrawling: A novel By Leila Mottley Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593318935
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - June 7th, 2022

Vagabonds!: A Novel By Eloghosa Osunde Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9780593330029
Published: Riverhead Books - March 15th, 2022

The Candid Life of Meena Dave By Namrata Patel Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781542039079
Availability: Not Currently In-Store; May require 2-3 days before shipping
Published: Lake Union Publishing - June 1st, 2022

Border Less By Namrata Poddar Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781736176788
Availability: Not Currently In-Store; May require 2-3 days before shipping
Published: 7.13 Books - March 1st, 2022

A Map for the Missing: A Novel By Belinda Huijuan Tang Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9780593300664
Published: Penguin Press - August 9th, 2022

Post-traumatic By Chantal V. Johnson Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9780316264235
Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 5th, 2022