Book of the Month's Book of the Year Award Longlist

The 20 nominees for Book of the Month’s annual Book of the Year award have been announced. Book of the Month’s members will cast their votes for a winner through September 21. Finalists are to be announced in October, with the winner to be announced in November. The winning author will receive a $25,000 prize, and four additional finalists will each receive $10,000 award which is known as “the Lolly” in tribute to Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner, the very first book ever selected by Book of the Month in 1926.

Previous winners include The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (2021), The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (2020), Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (2019), Circe by Madeline Miller (2018), The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne (2017), and All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood (2016).

This year's nominees are:

  • Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez (Hachette / Forever)
  • The Good Left Undone by Adriana Trigiani (Penguin / Dutton)
  • The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood (Penguin / Berkley)
  • Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney (Macmillan / Flatiron)
  • The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles (Penguin / Viking)
  • Upgrade by Blake Crouch (Random House / Ballantine)
  • Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson (Random House / Ballantine)
  • The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah (Hachette / Orbit)
  • Don't Cry for Me by Daniel Black (HarperCollins / Hanover Square Press)
  • Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Penguin / Berkley)
  • Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin (Knopf Doubleday/ Knopf)
  • The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (Macmillan / St. Martin’s Press)
  • The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark (Sourcebooks / Sourcebooks Landmark)
  • The Bodyguard by Katherine Center (Macmillan / St. Martin’s Press)
  • Peach Blossom Spring by Melissa Fu (Hachette / Little, Brown)
  • A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross (HarperCollins / Harper Voyager)
  • True Biz by Sara Novic (Random House / Random House)
  • A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw (Simon & Schuster / Atria)
  • A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham (Macmillan / Minotaur)
  • Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel (Hachette / Redhook)
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