NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD 
FOR FICTION
1975-2003
 

The National Book Critics Circe Award is a volunteer organization of about 600 reviewers and review editors. The winners are chosen by the 24-member board. The award has considerable prestige among authors, though no money prize. It is one of the three most prominent American book awards, along with the Pulitzer and the National Book Award. Since its founding in 1974, their centerpiece is their annual award for the best book in each of five categories: fiction, general nonfiction, biography/autobiography, poetry, and criticism.  The awards for Best Fiction are listed below.

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2003 Edward P. Jones The Known World
2002 Ian McEwan Atonement
2001 Winfried Georg Sebald Austerlitz
2000 Jim Crace Being Dead
1999 Jonathan Lethem Motherless Brooklyn
1998 Alice Munro The Love of a Good Woman
1997 penelope Fitzgerald The Blue Flower
1996 Gina Berriault Women in Their Beds
1995 Stanley Elkin Mrs. Ted Bliss
1994 Carol Shields The Stone Diaries
1993 Ernest Gaines A Lesson Before Dying
1992 Cormac McCarthy All the Pretty Horses
1991 Jane Smiley A Thousand Acres
1990 John Updike Rabbit at Rest
1989 E.L. Doctorow Billy Bathgate
1988 Bharati Mukherjee The Middleman and Other Stories
1987 Philip Roth The Counterlife
1986 Reynolds Price Kate Vaiden
1985 Ann Thler The Accidental Tourist
1984 Louise Erdich Love Medicine
1983 William Kennedy Ironweed
1982 Stanley Elkin George Mills
1981 John Updike Rabbit Is Rich
1980 Shirley Hazzard The Transit of Venus
1979 Thomas Flanagan The Year of the French
1978 John Cheever The Stories of John Cheever
1977 Toni Morrison Song of Solomon
1976 John Gardner October Light
1975 E.L. Doctorow Ragtime

 
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