National Book Awards Pick Thomas Pynchon, Alice McDermott for Fiction Longlist

George Saunders, James McBride, Elizabeth Graver among the authors up for the prize

Last Updated: July 16, 2014 @ 3:02 PM

The National Book Awards released its long list for fiction on Thursday with the prestigious prize-giver singling out some of the literary world’s best known authors like Thomas Pynchon and Jhmupa Lahirir.

Pynchon was cited for “The Bleeding Edge,” an Internet-infused mystery, while Lahirir was singled out for “The Lowland,” a story of Bengali brothers growing up in Calcutta.

Other top names vying for the honor are Alice McDermott, for her dreamlike examination of a Brooklyn woman in “Someone”; George Saunders for his short story collection “Tenth of December”; and Rachel Kushner, for her tale of a peripatetic artist in “The Flamethrowers.”

Earlier this week the National Book Awards unveiled longlists for poetry, non-fiction and young people’s literature.

Finalists for the $10,000 prize will be announced on Oct. 16, and the winners will receive their honor on Nov. 20.

Here’s the complete list:

Tom Drury, Pacific (Grove Press)

Elizabeth Graver, The End of the Point (Harper/HarperCollinsPublishers)

Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers (Scribner/Simon & Schuster)

Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)

Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Hogarth/Random House)

James McBride, The Good Lord Bird (Riverhead Books/Penguin Group USA)

Alice McDermott, Someone (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge (The Penguin Press/Penguin Group USA)

George Saunders, Tenth of December (Random House)

Joan Silber, Fools (W.W. Norton & Company)