Best National Book Award 2021 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 2021 that ran the race for national book awards for fiction. The engaging stories will hold an impact on you.

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

This beautifully written book by Tayari Jones is a masterpiece that is long-listed in the category of national book award for fiction and also made through the selection of Oprah's book club. This book is packed with well-developed characters, powerful, compelling and complex story-line.

It is full of twists and turns. The emotional depth will bring teary eyes at moments. This is the kind of book that will keep the reader hooked on till the end. The best thing is that you can not guess what will come next so there will be lots of excitement while reading this book.

The writer carefully highlighted critical issues like race, marriage, relationships, responsibilities, effects of faulty judgment system and portrayed all these with an exciting story. If you are a fan of interesting and unpredictable story-line then this book is perfect for you.


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.

Winner of the National Book Award: A Novel of Fame, Honor, and Really Bad Weather
Author: Jincy Willett
Published at: 01/10/2004
ISBN: 031242423X

This book is not random like most of the books instead it has a dark and deep side. It is a psychological fiction that tells the story of a twin. The story lets you take a walk on the inside mind of the characters.

This type of story can help you understand the abnormal psychology of psychic. The characters of this story are strange, shallow people with complicated minds.


The story is about twin sisters who are complete opposites. One sister, named Abigail is a sex addict, on the other hand, the other sister named Dorcas is fond of a simple life and works as a librarian.

The plot twist introduces the sisters with a sexually predatory, megalomaniac man Conrad. After that, the story turns into a new direction and lifts the curtains from the dark and black sides. 

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. 

The Underground Railroad (Pulitzer Prize Winner) (National Book Award Winner) (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Author: Colson Whitehead
Published at: 02/08/2016
ISBN: 0385542364

This book is a national book award winner. The story is about a girl trying hard to escape from slavery. In every step, she deals with horrifying situations but the hope and her thirst towards freedom keep her motivated. The powerful and engaging story will grasp your attention.

The story is both brutal and beautiful. It will take you on a historical journey at that time. The feelings of the enslaved people are well portrayed through this novel. If you are interested in knowing about the era of slavery, brutality then this book is perfect for you.


Cora a young girl, takes initiative to free her from the hell and torture of slavery. Cora's journey to different destinations awaits her with new challenges. Unsure of what will happen next Cora goes on a journey with fellow slaves to free them from the pain and bondage. 

This adventurous tale of a brave young woman will truly encourage you and leave an impact on the heart.  

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2018 (The O. Henry Prize Collection)
Published at: 04/09/2018
ISBN: 0525436588

This book is a sum of 20 best prize-winning short stories that were chosen from thousands and published throughout the previous year on different literary magazines. The book contains both stories from well-known writers and emerging voices.

It also contains details that inspired the writer to write the story or how he got the inspiration. There is also a section where jurors explained why they chose the story. Besides the stories, this additional information is also interesting.

This book is very suitable for short story lovers because they can get the best collections altogether. If you are one of them then go get your copy.

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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