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A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

The Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award

NPR Best Book of the Year

ALA Alex Award Winner (Adult for Young Adults)

Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Silver Pen Award

Booklist Editor's Choice: Best Adult Books of the Year for Young Adults

Largehearted Boy: Favorite Novels of the Year

Library Journal's Best Books of the Year

Poets & Writers Notable First Novel

Barnes & Noble's The Long List

Shortlist: The Center for Fiction's Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize

Finalist: The Poetry Center's Paterson Fiction Prize

Finalist: The VCU Cabell First Novelist Award


-Mameve Medwed, The Boston Globe

-Aimee Bender, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and The Girl in the Flammable Skirt

-Susannah Meadows, The New York Times

-Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air

-Bonnie Jo Campbell, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters and American Salvage

-Heather O'Neill, The Lonely Hearts Hotel and Lullabies for Little Criminals