National Book Critics Circle Awards go to 'Billy Lynn,' 'Far From the Tree'(Read article summary)
The National Book Critics Circle honored works such as 'Far From the Tree' by Andrew Solomon and 'The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson' by Robert Caro during their 2012 awards ceremony.
The National Book Critics Circle awarded its top prizes for 2012 to already well-received works such as ‚ÄúBilly Lynn‚Äôs Long Halftime Walk‚ÄĚ by Ben Fountain and ‚ÄúThe Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson‚ÄĚ by Robert Caro.
Fountain‚Äôs novel won the fiction award for the NBCC, while Caro‚Äôs work picked up the biography prize and Andrew Solomon‚Äôs book ‚ÄúFar From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity.‚ÄĚ
The NBCC's 2012 poetry award went to D.A. Powell‚Äôs work ‚ÄúUseless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys.‚ÄĚ The criticism award went to author Marina Warner for her book ‚ÄúStranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúSwimming Studies‚ÄĚ by Leanne Shapton won the autobiography prize.
Monitor fiction critic Yvonne Zipp called ‚ÄúBilly Lynn‚ÄĚ an ‚Äúabsurdist portrait of the war and modern society painted with brush strokes laid as precisely and as viciously as a whip.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúHaving been away for months, Lynn returns to his own homeland as a stranger, and the dissonance is both uncomfortable and revealing,‚ÄĚ Zipp notes.
‚ÄúThe Passage of Power,‚ÄĚ meanwhile, demonstrates that ‚ÄúCaro long ago mastered his subject ‚Äď Johnson and power,‚ÄĚ according to Monitor reviewer Erik Spanberg.
‚ÄúWith characteristic detail and precision, Caro frames the assassination from Johnson‚Äôs vantage point, providing a horrifying, pulse-pounding account of what it was like for a humbled man ‚Äď even one as ambitious and power-hungry as LBJ ‚Äď to shoulder the grief and burden of an entire nation,‚ÄĚ Spanberg wrote.
William Deresiewicz, critic, blogger, and author of "A Jane Austen Education," was awarded the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, while the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award went to Susan Gubar and Sandra Gilbert.
The prizes were given out in the Tishman Auditorium at New York‚Äôs New School.
The nonfiction prize for last year went to Maya Jasanoff‚Äôs work ‚ÄúLiberty‚Äôs Exiles,‚ÄĚ while the fiction award was given to Edith Pearlman‚Äôs short story collection ‚ÄúBinocular Vision.‚ÄĚ