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7 Award-Winning Novels to Consider for Your Next Read


No matter which genre of fiction you prefer, picking up an award-winning title is a surefire way to find your next favorite read. From horror to humor, these seven recently honored novels will keep you flipping pages far past your bedtime.

“Down the River unto the Sea” by Walter Mosley

Best known for his long-running Easy Rawlins series, Walter Mosley begins an exciting new saga with “Down the River unto the Sea.” Honored with the 2019 Edgar Award for Best Novel by the Mystery Writers of America, this book features an ex-NYPD cop who’s on a quest for justice after getting framed — and locked up — for a crime he didn’t commit.

“Bluebird, Bluebird” by Attica Locke

Winner of the 2018 Anthony Award for Best Novel, Attica Locke’s “Bluebird, Bluebird” tells the gripping story of a black Texas Ranger who’s tasked with investigating a pair of murders in a small, racially divided East Texas town — even as he struggles to get his own life under control.

“The Broken Earth Trilogy” by N.K. Jemisin

Set in a far-future world racked with natural disasters, haunted by a legacy of horrendous injustices and peopled by gifted individuals who can control earthquakes with their minds, N.K. Jemisin’s trilogy is one of the most thrilling fantasy epics in recent memory. In an unprecedented winning streak, each book — “The Fifth Season” in 2016, “The Obelisk Gate” in 2017 and “The Stone Sky” in 2018 — captured a Hugo Award for Best Novel.

“The Calculating Stars” by Mary Robinette Kowal

In “The Calculating Stars,” which won the 2018 Nebula Award for Best Novel, Mary Robinette Kowal envisions an alternate history where humanity unites to explore the stars after a disastrous 1952 meteor strike. The book’s main character, the Lady Astronaut, is determined to overcome the era’s discrimination against women and take her rightful place in the space program.

“Less” by Andrew Sean Greer

In this novel, Andrew Sean Greer traces the comical misadventures of an unsuccessful writer who takes an ill-fated trip around the world as a way to distract himself from his ex-boyfriend’s impending marriage. Brimming with tender romance and satirical laughs, “Less” was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

“The Friend” by Sigrid Nunez

The 2018 National Book Award for Fiction went to “The Friend,” Sigrid Nunez’s touching, beautifully written novel about a woman and a Great Dane united by grief for a departed friend. Both bittersweet and humorous, it’s a thought-provoking tale of love, loss and healing.

“The Cabin at the End of the World” by Paul Tremblay

Combining home-invasion terror and apocalyptic sci-fi, “The Cabin at the End of the World” mercilessly cranks up the tension with a story you can’t stop reading — and may never stop having nightmares about. Solidifying its status as a future horror classic, Paul Tremblay’s novel recently won the 2018 Bram Stoker Award, an honor reserved for the year’s scariest reading.

Can’t decide what to read next? Catch up with the best writing in your favorite genre — or take a chance on something completely new — with these seven award-winning novels.

This article is presented by Lexus of Tulsa.
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