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Best Novel winners from the past ten years.

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Fiction
  Cover Art: The Peripatetic Coffin and other Stories 2014
Rutherford, Ethan
The Peripatetic Coffin and other Stories
Eight short stories focus on reality as it is known and as it could be and star characters who are confronted with, and battle against, the limitations of their lives.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Round House 2013
Erdrich, Louise
The Round House
When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Law of Miracles : And Other Stories 2012
Smith, Gregory Blake
The Law of Miracles : And Other Stories
Award for Novel & Short Story
Writing with a remarkable range of invention, Gregory Blake Smith has created a world in which his characters navigate between the everyday and the extraordinary: an aged Russian woman who lives simultaneously in the St. Petersburg of iPods and BMWs and in the starving Leningrad of the Siege; a Venetian art conservator who loves the women of the Renaissance paintings he restores but cannot bear the touch of the woman at his side; a down-and-out slot-machine technician who calculates the probability of his wife's dying.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Vestments 2011
Reimringer, John
Vestments
Award for Novel & Short Story
Just a few years after his ordination as a priest in the Catholic Church, James Dressler finds himself attracted again to his first love, Betty Garcia, and is torn by his opposing desires for the Church and for Betty.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Book of Night Women 2010
James, Marlon
The Book of Night Women
Award for Novel & Short Story
Lilith was born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the eighteenth century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they--and she--will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans. But when she begins to understand her own feelings and desires and identity, Lilith starts to push at the edges of what is imaginable for the life of a slave woman in Jamaica, and risks becoming the conspiracy's weak link.
2009
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Plague of Doves 2009
Erdrich, Louise
The Plague of Doves
Award for Novel & Short Story
Unaware of a violent event that marked the beginning of her mixed ancestry, ambitious young Evelina Harp, a part-Ojibwe, part-white girl prone to falling hopelessly in love, learns disturbing truths from her gifted storyteller grandfather, while a sentimental judge weighs the legacy of a century-old crime as reflected by his own love life.
2008
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Last Communist Virgin: Stories 2008
Ping, Wang
The Last Communist Virgin: Stories
Award for Novel & Short Story
"From the restaurants of New York's Chinatown to the retail emporium of Bergdorf Goodman, and from remote Chinese military outposts to the streets of Beijing, these stories open a window into the rapid transformations of an ancient culture. As the characters struggle to find their way, a young girl discovers love amidst a sea of angry Red Guards, emigres navigate New York's relentless rat race, and an old man returns to a Beijing he doesn't recognize on a mission to restore his son-in-law's flagging honor. In the finale, the origins of humanity and its reckless dash toward an apocalyptic future are distilled into a love story with far-reaching implications." [Book Jacket]
2007
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: When Charlotte Comes Home 2007
Smith, Maureen Millea
When Charlotte Comes Home
Award for Novel & Short Story
Fred is a sensitive young man growing up in a Catholic family in Omaha when the death of his spunky younger sister causes a deep and far-reaching affect on his entire family and broader community. With the bleak backdrop of the 60s and 70s, Fred looks back on his early, formative years and his own sexual awakening and coming of age as a young gay man.
2006
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Painted Drum 2006
Erdrich, Louise
The Painted Drum
Award for Novel and Short Story
Discovering a cache of valuable Native American artifacts while appraising a family estate in New Hampshire, Faye Travers investigates the history of a ceremonial drum, which possesses spiritual powers and changes the lives of people who encounter it.
2005
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Work of Wolves 2005
Meyers, Kent
The Work of Wolves
Award for Novel and Short Story
Carson Fielding is well respected for his ability to train horses, but after reluctantly agreeing to work for a wealthy rancher he despises, he finds his loathing supplanted by his growing desire for his employer's wife.
2004
Adult Fiction Book
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