2018 Dayton Literary
Peace Prize Finalists

Fiction

    Exit West by Mohsin Hamid Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead)

    An astonishingly timely love story that brilliantly imagines the forces that transform ordinary people into refugees and the impossible choices that follow.
    Mohsin Hamid, credit Jillian Edelstein
    Mohsin Hamid
     
    Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck (New Directions)

    A scathing indictment of Western policy toward the European refugee crisis, but also a touching portrait of a man who finds he has more in common with the Africans than he realizes.
    Jenny Erpenbeck, credit Nina Subin
    Jenny Erpenbeck
     
    Pachinko by Min Jin Lee Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (Grand Central)

    Four generations of a poor, proud immigrant Korean family fight to control their destinies, exiled from a homeland they never knew.
    Min Jin Lee, credit Elena Seibert
    Min Jin Lee
     
    Salt Houses by Hala Alyan Salt Houses by Hala Alyan (NMH)

    A heartbreaking story that follows three generations of a Palestinian family and asks us to confront that most devastating of all truths: you can't go home again.
    Hala Alyan, credit Beowulf Sheehan
    Hala Alyan
     
    Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner)

    Following a family making the trip from their Gulf Coast town to the Mississippi State Penitentiary, testing the strength of emotional bonds and the pull of our collective history.
    Jesmyn Ward, credit Beowulf Sheehan
    Jesmyn Ward
     
    Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar (Little, Brown)

    Raised in the Czech countryside by his doting grandparents, Jakub Procházka has risen from small-time scientist to become the country's first astronaut. A dangerous solo mission to Venus offers him the chance at heroism he's dreamt of and a way to atone for his father's sins as a Communist informer.
    Jaroslav Kalfar?, credit Gus Powell
    Jaroslav Kalfar
     

Nonfiction

    Enduring Vietnam by James Wright Enduring Vietnam by James Wright (St. Martin’s Press)

    Recounts the experiences of the young Americans who fought in Vietnam and of families who grieved those who did not return.
    James Wright, credit Eli Burakian
    James Wright
     
    Ghost of the Innocent Man by Benjamin Rachlin Ghost of the Innocent Man by Benjamin Rachlin (Little, Brown)

    A gripping account of one man's long road to freedom that will forever change how we understand our criminal justice system through one of the most dramatic of those cases. It provides a picture of wrongful conviction and of the opportunity for meaningful reform.
    Benjamin Rachlin
    Benjamin Rachlin
     
    Lolas’ House by M. Evelina Galang Lolas’ House by M. Evelina Galang (Northwestern U. Press)

    Tells the stories, in unprecedented detail, of sixteen surviving Filipino “comfort women.” Not only a book of testimony and documentation, it is a book of witness, of survival, and of the female body.
    M. Evelina Galang
    M. Evelina Galang
     
    Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo (Random House)

    In this stirring memoir, Kuo, the child of Taiwanese immigrants, shares the story of her complicated but rewarding mentorship of one student, Patrick Browning, and his remarkable literary and personal awakening.
    Michelle Kuo, credit Kathy Huang
    Michelle Kuo
     
    The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe (Scribner)

    Helen Thorpe’s intensive, year-long reporting puts a human face on the faces of 22 newly-arrived teenagers taking a beginner-level English Language Acquisition class at South High School in Denver.
    Helen Thorpe, credit Marea Evans
    Helen Thorpe
     
    We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World PRH)

    "Biting cultural and political analysis . . . reflects on race, Barack Obama's presidency and its jarring aftermath, and his evolution as a writer in eight stunningly incisive essays. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
    Ta-Nehisi Coates, credit Nina Subin
    Ta-Nehisi Coates
     

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