30 prize-winning works of fiction from 2016

From literary to speculative fiction, these 30 books earned high praise.
Madeleine Thien's novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing won the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction. (Alfred A. Knopf Canada)

Looking for your next read? These 30 titles were hand-picked by literary prizes around the world this year.

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

  • Winner, 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction
  • Winner, 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains by Yasuko Thanh

  • Winner, 2016 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

  • Winner, 2016 Man Booker Prize

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad

  • Winner, 2016 First Novel Award

Republic of Dirt by Susan Juby

  • Winner, 2016 Leacock Medal

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

  • Winner, 2016 National Book Award for fiction

Experimental Film by Gemma Files

  • Winner, 2016 Sunburst Award (adult fiction category)

The Pain Tree by Olive Senior

  • Winner, 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

Debris by Kevin Hardcastle

  • Winner, 2016 Trillium Book Award

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

  • Winner, 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

The Tiny Wife by Andrew Kaufman

  • Winner, 2015 ReLit Award (novel category) (awarded in February 2016)

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

  • Winner, 2015 Costa First Novel Award (awarded in January 2016)

On the Shores of Darkness, There Is Light by Cordelia Strube

  • Winner, 2016 Toronto Book Award

The Party Wall by Catherine Leroux, translated by Lazer Lederhendler

  • Winner, 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for translation (French to English)

The Mystics of Mile End by Sigal Samuel

  • Winner, 2016 Canadian Jewish Literary Award for fiction

We're All In This Together by Amy Jones

  • Winner, 2016 Northern Lit Award

A Daughter of No Nation by A.M. Dellamonica

  • Winner, 2016 Aurora Award for Best English Novel

God in Pink by Hasan Namir

  • Winner, 2016 Lambda Literary Award (gay fiction category)

One Hundred Days of Rain by Carellin Brooks

  • Winner, 2016 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

The Measure of Darkness by Liam Durcan

  • Winner, 2016 Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis

  • Winner, 2016 Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature

Open Season by Peter Kirby

  • Winner, 2016 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel

The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

  • Winner, 2016 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel

Sleep by Nino Ricci

  • Winner, 2016 Canadian Authors Association Award (fiction category)

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

  • Winner, 2016 Kitschies Red Tentacle Award

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

  • Winner, 2016 Costa Novel Award

The Vegetarian by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith

  • Winner, 2016 Man Booker International Prize

Family Life by Akhil Sharma

  • Winner, 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award

Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy

  • Winner, 2016 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

  • Winner, 2016 Baileys Women's Prize
  • Winner, 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize


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