The New York Public Library has revealed the five finalists for the 2012 Young Lions Fiction Award, a $10,000 prize awarded each annually to a writer under 35-years-old.
Follow the links below to read free samples of the books.
Open City by Teju Cole (Random House)
The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale (Twelve/Hachette Book Group)
Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner (Coffee House Press)
Swamplandia! By Karen Russell (Alfred A. Knopf)
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury)