The winner in each category is selected by a panel of judges; the awards were announced on November 15.
THE ECHO MAKER | RICHARD POWERS: During the spectacular annual crane migration in Nebraska, a man enters a coma from a car accident. When he awakens with mixed intellectual and visual signals, he tries to understand the origin of the accident.
(GOOD/EXCELLENT Jan/Feb 2007)
"Powers has taken a straightforward medical-suspense narrative and used it as the scaffolding for a book about perception, memory, hope, and that nebulous thing we call the soul." GAIL CALDWELL, BOSTON GLOBE
ONLY REVOLUTIONS | MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI: Sam and Hailey, 16-year-old lovers, present their stories from opposite sides of the page, literally.
(EXCELLENT SELECTION Jan/Feb 2007)
"Danielewski's intention simply may be to illuminate the limits to which the novel can be stretched, the many different ways a book can now be read." DEBORAH VANKIN, LOS ANGELES TIMES
A DISORDER PECULIAR TO THE COUNTRY | KEN KALFUS: A narcissistic couple are engaged in a hostile divorce fight, and each hopes that the other has died in 9/11.
"The boldly original premise with which this exceptionally smart, provocative novel begins isn't going to sit well with some readers." JONATHAN YARDLEY, WASHINGTON POST
EAT THE DOCUMENT | DANA SPIOTTA: When a 1970s radical goes underground and emerges three decades later, she must address the consequences of her actions.
(GOOD May/June 2006)
"Eat the Document is fragmentary, smart and beautiful, and it brilliantly contrasts nascent and mature postmodernity through the lens of culture/counterculture." SARAH CYPHER, OREGONIAN
THE ZERO | JESS WALTER: Soon after 9/11, New York City cop Brian Remy accidentally shoots himself in the head, becomes involved in an evil government plot, and deals with his teenage son.
"The best of The Zero breathes life into the author's idea of post-9/11 life as a fever dream for its characters ... [and] wonders why that dream is so enveloping." JANET MASLIN, NEW YORK TIMES
THE WORST HARD TIME The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl | TIMOTHY EGAN: In 1935, America's High Plains turned to dust, setting in motion a vast human and environmental catastrophe. Egan puts a human face on these events.
(EXCELLENT SELECTION Mar/Apr 2006)