Paul Beatty's The Sellout, a scathing, hilarious satire of race and identity in America, has won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. The winner for Nonfiction was Dreamland: The True Story of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones, an engrossing if unsettling journey into America's epidemic of drug addiction and its "capitalist" facilitators.
Thirty finalists from six categories were selected by the 24-person board of directors, who are book critics and periodical editors. More NBCC winners:
- Fiction: The Sellout by Paul Beatty
- Nonfiction: Dreamland: The True Story of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
- Autobiography: Negroland by Margo Jefferson
- Biography: Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon
- Criticism: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
- Poetry: Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay
- The John Leonard Prize: Night at the Fiestas by Kirstin Valdez Quade
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