Best National Book Award 2023 with Captivating Stories

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Fiction is a part of literature that is based on imaginative events and stories that is created by the writer. The writer builds his imaginary characters and plots the story that is not essentially based on true facts.

The plot twists make fictional books so interesting, unpredictable and popular because it is hard to take a leap on the writer's head and guess the ending.

So here is a list of the best national book award 2023 that ran the race for national book awards for fiction. The engaging stories will hold an impact on you.

Ain't Burned All the Bright
Author: Reynolds, Jason
Published at: 11/01/2022
ISBN: B09841LD8D

Jason Reynolds and his best bud, Jason Griffin had a mind-meld. And they decided to tackle it, in one fell swoop, in about ten sentences, and 300 pages of art, this piece, this contemplation-manifesto-fierce-vulnerable-gorgeous-terrifying-WhatIsWrongWithHumans-hope-filled-hopeful-searing-Eye-Poppingly-Illustrated-tender-heartbreaking-how-The-HECK-did-They-Come-UP-with-This project about oxygen. And all of the symbolism attached to that word, especially NOW. And so for anyone who didn’t really know what it means to not be able to breathe, REALLY breathe, for generations, now you know. And those who already do, you’ll be nodding yep yep, that is exactly how it is.

The Maid: A Novel
Author: Prose, Nita
Published at: 04/01/2022

The main character of this novel is Molly Gray. She is somewhere on the Asperger's syndrome spectrum: highly intelligent, but unsure of the people and circumstances around her. She feels most comfortable in a set routine and is a germaphobe. These traits make her perfect for her job as a maid at the Grand Regency Hotel, a five star boutique hotel for the rich. Molly, abandoned by her parents and raised by her now deceased Gran, relishes nothing better than dusting, changing linens, vacuuming, waxing and polishing. The reader encounters the other hotel staff and follows Molly's quotidian routine, until one day, Molly finds a guest dead in bed. Now it is the reader, who finds himself in baffling circumstances!

Wish You Were Here: A Novel
Author: Picoult, Jodi
Published at: 30/11/2021

I have loved pretty much everything that Jodi Picoult has ever written. She has a knack for going after timely, important topics from angles that you would not expect and gently pushing readers to see the all too human side of controversial subjects, allowing them to come away with a new perspective. This time, she has done that and so much more. Her newest novel, WISH YOU WERE HERE is magical yet grounded and offers a chance to dive deep into the life we are still immersed in, this pandemic, and trying to come to terms with what road we want to take, who we want to be, given the chance to control our destiny. This book is absolutely exquisite and what sets it apart from other books of hers and anything that I’ve read this year that touches on what we’ve all experienced is its unique perspectives and how our reactions change the course of our lives. This is a powerful, beautiful, loving book.

A Little Devil in America: In Praise of Black Performance
Author: Abdurraqib, Hanif
Published at: 30/03/2021

This book is lyrical and beautiful. You get the history of Black performance and glimpses of Hanif's life at the same time. I found myself stopping several times while reading this book in awe of the craft and detail taken in putting together each word, line, chapter and section. You'll find yourself sitting in the rooms of performances you may remember or ones you wish you could have seen yourself. It is a stroll through the history of Blackness the resistance, struggle, survival, beauty, and power.

An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Author: Tayari Jones
Published at: 05/02/2019
ISBN: 1616208686

The African American couple Roy and Celestial starts their new life after marriage with lots of hope and dreams. Both of them have exciting and challenging careers. But as they finally learn to pace with life and settle down something very tragic and unpleasant happens.

Roy gets arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime he didn't even commit. Meanwhile, overtime Celestial gets lonely and finds comfort in Andre, his childhood best friend and best man at the wedding. But after five years, suddenly Roy's appeal gets accepted and he returns to Atlanta to spend his life with Celestial.

What will happen next? Can this marriage be saved? To know the answers you need to finish this national book awards for Fiction book.

The Journey of Little Charlie (National Book Award Finalist)
Author: Christopher Paul Curtis
Published at: 30/01/2018
ISBN: 0545156661

This amazing novel by Christopher Paul Curtis is a finalist in the national book award for Fiction book. This is a powerful, historical and compelling novel with educational values and positive messages. At first, it may seem difficult to read because of the use of dialect but after a few pages, this won't be a problem.

The best thing about this book is that Curtis brought the fictional characters to life. The story is about a young boy and his life getting changed due to crucial incidents. The story also highlights the harsh and awful truths of that time.


Charlie, a twelve years old boy, loses his father in an accident and his life gets complicated after that. Responsibilities weighing on his shoulders at such a young age makes his life difficult. At that time Captain Buck, an evil fearsome man claims money saying his father owed him the debt.

Getting puzzled in this situation little charlie agrees on a deal with Captain Buck to track some folks who were accused of stealing. The deal seems okay until he gets to know the true identities of the fugitives. Knowing the truth he experiences overflowing emotions.

Torn between his guilty conscience and the fear of getting killed by Captain Buck Charlie has to decide what to do next. Will Charlie take the right decision neglecting the fear of death? Get your answers by finishing this book. 

Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist)
Author: Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Published at: 09/10/2018
ISBN: 0545902487

Hey, Kiddo is a graphical novel where the author portrayed his own life story and ups and downs in a relate-able way. This engaging book has an emotional depth that will break you into tears while reading. Both suitable for teens and adults this book is also the finalist for a national book award.

The powerful impact of the story will help you to find hope in difficult times. This book will be helpful for those who work with kids experiencing neglectful upbringing. This is the story of the life that many kids are living.


A young boy named Jarrett lives a different life than most of the kids due to complicated family background. His mother is a drug addict, who spends most of her lifetime in jails, rehab or taking treatments for her bad health conditions. He also doesn't know anything about his father, even his name is unknown to him.

Growing up with his grandparents, he took interest in drawings as a way of expressing his emotions or making friends and getting attention.

Hey, Kiddo is an excellent memoir about growing up in a messed up family and finding the way of adjusting or coping with the harsh situations.

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin Poets)
Author: Terrance Hayes
Published at: 19/06/2018
ISBN: 0143133187

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin is the finalist for a national book award in poetry. The critics acknowledged it as one of the best poetry books of 2018. The book contains 70 meaningful poems that hold the true meaning of poetry.

All the poems start with the same title but each of them is individual and conveys a different meaning. Each poem is full of surprises and turning points so the reader cannot guess the ending. They were all written during the early times of Trump's Presidency.

Wonderful criticism, creative wordplay, and strongly built structure of each poem make them so unique and lovable. The poems also indicate the problems arising due to racial tensions. Beautiful writing has its own emotional depth. It recollects the dreams and nightmares of the past eras.   

This book is finely suitable for poem lovers. 

Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist)
Author: Min Jin Lee
Published at: 14/11/2017
ISBN: 1455563927
This novel is a long and epic family saga about multiple generations of a Korean immigrant. The story has a historical plot focusing on the Korean-Japanese relation. It's about cultural struggles, failure, success, drama, tradition, prejudice, and other critical issues.

The author well portrayed such a complex story very nicely with her creative skills. Anyone who is interested in knowing the Japanese attitude towards Koreans and other historical details regarding this issue can read the book.

A young Korean girl of a crippled fisherman falls for a wealthy Japanese man. The man seduces her and gets her pregnant. Her sudden pregnancy brings disgrace to the family. Left by her lover Sunja later marries a gentle minister and goes to Japan. Then begins the dramatic tale of Pachinko.

The story will follow generations after generations. The epic saga talks about challenges and survival difficulties against an indifferent arc of history.

The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist): A Novel
Author: Lisa Ko
Published at: 24/04/2018
ISBN: 161620804X

This book is the finalist for the national book award 2017 for fiction. The story aims at hard choices of life. It also focuses on delicate topics like the importance of parent-child bonding for mental growth, struggles, decision making and similar issues. The emotional depth of the story will touch your heart. This book is definitely a good read.


One morning Denim Guo's mother polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant leaves for her job and never returns. Separated at such a young age Denim stays confused, unbalanced and demented. Later he is adopted by a family and gets a new name, Daniel Wilkinson. But he fails to adjust with his new identity, stays at a loss and grows into a directionless young man.

The story is described from both Denim and polly's perspective. 

Rand McNally 2021 Road Atlas & National Park Guide (Rand McNally Road Atlas)
Author: Rand McNally
Published at: 28/04/2020
ISBN: 0528022393

Pinpoint the best in the best: America s national parks. With essential information and tips, hundreds of photos and maps, and a complete Rand McNally Road Atlas, the 2021 National Park Atlas & Guide is all you need to have extraordinary park experiences. Features: A four-colour, 132-page National Park Guide details the best of the best in each park from trails, drives, and natural wonders to programs, museums, and lodges. Park inset maps highlight key points-of-interest. Hundreds of photos capture the essence of each park. A completely updated 2021 Road Atlas makes mapping out and taking trips a breeze! Update maps of every U.S. state and Canadian province and an overview map of Mexico. Road construction and conditions contact information for every state conveniently located above the maps. Mileage chart showing distances between 90 North American cities and national parks along with a driving times map. Tourism website and phone numbers for every U.S. state and Canadian province on map pages. Tell Rand! As much as we work to keep our atlases up to date, conditions change quickly and new construction projects begin frequently.

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