The story involves the game of cricket, a friendship between a Dutch-born narrator and a Trinidadian entrepreneur who works for a Russian gangster, and is set mainly in New York City before and after 9/11.
According to the LA Times, the PEN/Faulkner judges call the top prizewinner “first among equals,” and announce the finalists at the same time the winner is named.
The other “equals”:
Adventures of a new 7th grade teacher.
Click here for my review from a while back.
The death of a young bartender, set on New York’s Lower East Side.
Set in 1929 in North Carolina, this novel begins with a stabbing.
author photos, from top:
Lisa Ackerman/Pantheon Books
Leigh Dana Jackson