Penguin Random House Fiction Finalists for the 2018 National Book Awards

By Luis Diaz | October 29 2018 | Humanities & Social Sciences

Presenting the five finalists for the 2018 National Book Awards published by Penguin Random House




  • FLORIDA by Lauren Groff (Riverhead Books, Penguin Audio)
  • THE GREAT BELIEVERS by Rebecca Makkai (Viking Books, Penguin Audio)
  • THE FRIEND by Sigrid Nunez (Riverhead Books, Penguin Audio)


Translated Literature:

  • FLIGHTS by Olga Tokarczuk, Translated by Jennifer Croft (Riverhead Books, Penguin Audio)


And, from our Penguin Random House Publisher Services clients:


There are five shortlisted titles in each group, selected by a respective panel of judges, who will choose the winners the day of the annual National Book Foundation Awards dinner, to be held on Wednesday, November 14 in Manhattan.

Congratulations to these nominees!

The bold new book from the celebrated New York Times-bestselling author of Fates and Furies.
$27.00 US
Jun 05, 2018
288 Pages
Riverhead Books

The Great Believers
A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, by the acclaimed and award-winning author Rebecca Makkai
$27.00 US
Jun 19, 2018
432 Pages

The Friend
A Novel
"Nunez's prose itself comforts us. Her confident and direct style uplifts--the music in her sentences, her deep and varied intelligence." -The New York Times Book Review "A penetrating, moving meditation on loss, comfort, memory...Nunez has a wry, withering wit." -NPR A moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog.
$25.00 US
Feb 06, 2018
224 Pages
Riverhead Books

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin
Finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry One of the New York Times Critics' Top Books of 2018 A powerful, timely, dazzling collection of sonnets from one of America's most acclaimed poets, Terrance Hayes, the National Book Award winning author of Lighthead "Sonnets that reckon with Donald Trump's America." -The New York Times
$18.00 US
Jun 19, 2018
112 Pages
Penguin Books

2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2018 BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, THE WASHINGTON POST, BOSTON GLOBE, LITHUB AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 WARWICK PRIZE FOR WOMEN IN TRANSLATION A visionary work of fiction by "A writer on the level of W. G. Sebald" (Annie Proulx) "A magnificent writer." --Svetlana Alexievich, Nobel Prize-winning author of Secondhand Time "A beautifully fragmented look at man's longing for permanence.... Ambitious and complex." --Washington Post
$26.00 US
Aug 14, 2018
416 Pages
Riverhead Books