These Are The Finalists For The 2018 Kirkus Prize
Kirkus Reviews has announced its 18 finalists in fiction, nonfiction, and young readers' literature.
"In this follow-up to The Polish Boxer (2012) and Monastery (2014), Halfon constructs a kind of postmodern memorial to his grandfathers, who outlived the horrors of the Holocaust but not its searing emotional aftereffects." —Kirkus
"This a biting indictment of late-stage capitalism and a chilling vision of what comes after, but that doesn’t mean it’s a Marxist screed or a dry Hobbesian thought experiment. [Ma] knows her craft, and it shows." —Kirkus
Read an essay from Ling Ma here.
"In an era when writers of color are broadening the space in which class and culture as well as race are examined, Thompson-Spires’ auspicious beginnings augur a bright future in which she could set new standards for the short story." —Kirkus
Read one of those stories, "A Conversation About Bread," here.
"In her first book for adults, Williams imagines a not-too-distant future in which people find happiness with the help of machines. [...] With its clever, compelling vision of the future, deeply human characters, and delightfully unpredictable story, this novel is itself a recipe for contentment." —Kirkus
"In a hard-hitting analysis of current events, Snyder ... argues persuasively that Russia under is aggressively working to destabilize Western nations and export 'massive inequality' and 'the displacement of policy by propaganda.' [...] A highly distressing, urgent alarm to awaken Americans to the peril of authoritarianism." —Kirkus
"A challenging memoir about black-white relations, income inequality, mother-son dynamics, Mississippi byways, lack of personal self-control, education from kindergarten through graduate school, and so much more. [...] [U]nsettling in all the best ways." —Kirkus
"As the author argues in this fiery clutch of essays, optimism isn’t a particularly helpful attitude... Optimism — and its obverse, pessimism — are 'false certainties' that 'let us stay home and do nothing' in response to hard-line, bigoted conservatism. It is better, she argues, to cultivate hope, 'an informed, astute open-mindedness.'" —Kirkus
"Journalist Smarsh explores socio-economic class and poverty through an account of her low-income, rural Kansas–based extended family. [...] A potent social and economic message embedded within an affecting memoir." —Kirkus
YOUNG READERS' LITERATURE
"Safe to say, there’s nothing like the feeling of the fresh cut. You feel so extra visible with a fresh new cut, and this book built from that experience translates it in a way never before brought to the children’s bookshelf. [...] One of the best reads for young black boys in years, it should be in every library, media center, and, yes, barbershop." —Kirkus
"Merci navigates the challenges of being a scholarship kid at a posh South Florida private school and the expectations of and responsibilities to her intergenerational family. [...] Medina delivers another stellar and deeply moving story." —Kirkus
"Just before she begins seventh grade, Haley tells the story of the previous school year, when she and five other students from an experimental classroom were brought together. [...] An extraordinary and timely piece of writing." —Kirkus
"Poetry helps first-generation Dominican-American teen Xiomara Batista come into her own. [...] Poignant and real, beautiful and intense, this story of a girl struggling to define herself is as powerful as Xiomara’s name: 'one who is ready for war.'" —Kirkus
"Seventeen-year-old Zélie and companions journey to a mythic island seeking a chance to bring back magic to the land of Orïsha, in a fantasy world infused with the textures of West Africa. [...] Powerful, captivating, and raw—Adeyemi is a talent to watch." —Kirkus