What was your favorite novel this year?
The first-ever longlist for the 2013 National Book Award in fiction has been revealed.
Below, we’ve collected free samples of the books on the longlist for your reading pleasure. We also found free samples of the young people’s literature longlist, the nonfiction longlist and the poetry longlist for 2013.
Longlist for the 2013 National Book Award in Fiction
Tom Drury, Pacific (Grove Press)
Elizabeth Graver, The End of the Point (Harper/HarperCollinsPublishers)
Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers (Scribner/Simon & Schuster)
Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)
Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Hogarth/Random House)
James McBride, The Good Lord Bird (Riverhead Books/Penguin Group USA)
Alice McDermott, Someone (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge (The Penguin Press/Penguin Group USA)
George Saunders, Tenth of December (Random House)
Joan Silber, Fools (W.W. Norton & Company)