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Here’s the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction Long List

Now that you’ve got your 2016 Man Booker Prize short list sorted, here’s another batch of acclaimed books to consider. The National Book Award (the Man Booker of the U.S.) has announced its long list for fiction, adding ten more names to check off your reading list. There’s no crossover between the two lists, unlike last year, but yet another novel rooted in black American history has been recognized: Colson Whitehead is a first-time nominee for The Underground Railroad, his new Oprah-approved reimagining of the American fugitive-slave network. (You can read Vulture’s extensive conversation with Whitehead, and find out how he transitioned from writing about sci-fi to slavery.) The short list will be released on October 13 with the winners in all categories announced on November 16. See the full list below and alert your book club!

Chris Bachelder
The Throwback Special

Garth Greenwell
What Belongs to You

Adam Haslett
Imagine Me Gone

Paulette Jiles
News of the World

Karan Mahajan
The Association of Small Bombs

Elizabeth McKenzie
The Portable Veblen

Lydia Millet
Sweet Lamb of Heaven

Brad Watson
Miss Jane

Colson Whitehead
The Underground Railroad

Jacqueline Woodson
Another Brooklyn

2016’s National Book Award Fiction Long List