National Book Critics Circle Awards Nominees Announced: Jonathan Franzen, Patti Smith Among Chosen

NEW YORK — Jonathan Franzen is back in the awards circle.Franzen’s “Freedom,” among last year’s most highly praised novels, is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle awards. Franzen had been bypassed for the National Book Awar…

NEW YORK — Jonathan Franzen is back in the awards circle.

Franzen’s “Freedom,” among last year’s most highly praised novels, is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle awards. Franzen had been bypassed for the National Book Awards, judged by fellow authors, but was an obvious choice for a prize voted on by reviewers, many of whom placed “Freedom” on their annual best-of lists. None of the fiction nominees for the National Book Award, including winner Jaimy Gordon’s “Lord of Misrule,” was chosen for the critics circle prize.

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