The National Book Foundation announced the 2017 5 Under 35 honorees, a selection of debut fiction writers under the age of 35 whose work "promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape." Each author was selected by a National Book Award Winner, Finalist, or writer previously recognized by the 5 Under 35 program, and these honorees represent some of the best that the world of literary fiction has to offer. 5 Under 35 honorees are writers from around the world, under the age of 35, who have published their first and only book of fiction—either a short story collection or a novel—within the last five years.
Lesley Nneka Arimah, author of What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories (Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House)
Selector: Chris Bachelder, 2016 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction
Halle Butler, author of Jillian (Curbside Splendor)
Selector: Lydia Millet, 2016 National Book Award Longlist for Fiction
Zinzi Clemmons, author of What We Lose (Viking / Penguin Random House)
Selector: Angela Flournoy, 2015 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction and 5 Under 35 honoree
Leopoldine Core, author of When Watched: Stories (Penguin Books / Penguin Random House) Selector: Karan Mahajan, 2016 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction
Weike Wang, author of Chemistry (Knopf / Penguin Random House)
Selector: Sherman Alexie, 2007 National Book Award Winner for Young People’s Literature
From a debut author of rare, haunting power, a stunning novel about a young African-American woman coming of age—a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, family, and country.
A luminous and very funny debut novel from a 5-Under-35 honoree that has already received praise from the likes of Ann Patchett, Stephanie Danler, and Ha Jin: Chemistry follows a young Chinese American woman who must discover what she really wants before her life can truly begin.
A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties that bind mothers and daughters and men and women to each other and to the places they call home.
The provocative, astute, and highly anticipated debut story collection from a 2015 Whiting Writers’ Award winner, in the tradition of Lorrie Moore, Deborah Eisenberg, and Lydia Davis
Jillian dreams of an idyllic future. Megan hates Jillian. They search for identity while answering phones and filing colonoscopies.