The National Book Foundation announced its latest 5 Under 35 class, a group of fiction writers “under the age of 35 whose debut work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.”
The authors were selected by five writers who have previously been honored by the foundation, either as a member of an earlier 5 Under 35 class or as an author longlisted or shortlisted for a National Book Award.
Nathan Harris, whose novel The Sweetness of Water was selected for Oprah’s Book Club and longlisted for the Booker Prize, was chosen for the honor by Charmaine Craig, whose novel Miss Burma appeared on the 2017 National Book Award longlist.
Previous 5 Under 35 honoree Bryan Washington picked Lee Lai, author of the graphic novel Stone Fruit, for the new class, while National Book Award finalist Rumaan Alam selected Dantiel W. Moniz, whose Milk Blood Heat was published in February.
Claire Luchette, author of Agatha of Little Neon, was chosen for the honor by Elizabeth McCracken, who’s been recognized by the foundation three times, most recently for The Souvenir Museum, which made this year’s longlist for the National Book Award.
Ruth Dickey, the executive director of the National Book Foundation, said she was grateful to the authors who selected the new class.
“Our 16th cohort of 5 Under 35 honorees join a tremendous group of writers, and it is a joy to recognize debut work that displays such expert craft and beautiful storytelling,” she said. “We look forward to sharing these important new voices with readers everywhere.”
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.