The ToB X Long List

Unfortunately it’s still too early for us to release the 16-or-so finalists for the 10th edition of The Morning News Tournament of Books, arriving in March 2014.

But we’re happy to share the long list of candidates that’s been furiously debated in-house by our panel—culled from our usual motley of personal favorites, reader recommendations, flight attendant recommendations, prize-winners, prize-losers, genre works beloved by favorite bartenders, underdogs, overdogs, the weird, the translated, and the excellent.

Someone, please, pass the bourbon.

We will release the master list of finalists and judges as soon as we can. Thank you, happy holidays, and happy reading.

Long List for The Morning News 10th Annual Tournament of Books

S by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

Traveling Sprinkler by Nicholson Baker

Stay Up With Me by Tom Barbash

Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer

The Incrementalists by Steven Brust and Skyler White

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

what purpose did i serve in your life by Marie Calloway

Return to Oakpine by Ron Carlson

Eleven Days by Lea Carpenter

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Y by Marjorie Celona

The Tuner of Silences by Mia Couto

Necessary Errors by Caleb Crain

Harvest by Jim Crace

Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

Duplex by Kathryn Davis

Pacific by Tom Drury

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Virgins by Pamela Erens

Percival Everett by Virgil Russell by Percival Everett

The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan

Middle C by William H. Gass

& Sons by David Gilbert

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Hild by Nicola Griffith

The Explanation for Everything by Lauren Grodstein

Tirza by Arnon Grunberg

Local Souls by Allan Gurganus

The Morels by Christopher Hacker

Enon by Paul Harding

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

You Are One of Them by Elliott Holt

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Mira Corpora by Jeff Jackson

The Residue Years by Mitchell S. Jackson

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

The Dinner by Herman Koch

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Long Division by Kiese Laymon

Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

The Facades by Eric Lundgren

Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

Hill William by Scott McClanahan

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

The Son by Philipp Meyer

Want Not by Jonathan Miles

The Returned by Jason Mott

Tampa by Alissa Nutting

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Red Moon by Benjamin Percy

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Rontel by Sam Pink

Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda

Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon

Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

In Times of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge

All That Is by James Salter

Tenth of December by George Saunders

Motherlunge by Kirstin Scott

Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis

Mary Coin by Marissa Silver

The Silence and the Roar by Nihad Sirees

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

Brewster by Mark Slouka

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Isle of Youth by Laura van den Berg

The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman

The Kings and Queens of Roam by Daniel Wallace

The President in Her Towers by Tom Whalen

The Last Policeman by Ben Winters

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell

Wash by Margaret Wrinkle

The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon

Lotería by Mario Alberto Zambrano

Stupid Children by Lenore Zion


The Tournament of Books’ organizers Andrew Womack and Rosecrans Baldwin are TMN’s co-founders. Baldwin’s most recent book is Everything Now, winner of the 2022 California Book Award. For his other books, try More by The Tournament of Books Staff