The NH Dublin Committee has selected its nominees for the 2012 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. These are fictional works of high literary merit published in English during 2010. After reading and discussing many excellent books, the committee selected these titles for nomination:
Great House, by Nicole Krauss, challenges us to understand loss as both personal and historical. The novel connects--in complex and surprising ways--the stories of characters shattered by the past.
Skippy Dies, by Paul Murray, combines teen angst, faculty politics, and Irish history in a multi-layered examination of contemporary Irish boys’ prep school life, in prose ranging from gritty to lyrical.
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell, is a grand historical adventure and an insightful exploration of the clash of East and West at the end of the 18th century.