There's a huge shock in the literary world this morning: Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom" -- the most anticipated, most discussed, and most praised American novel of the year -- is not nominated for a National Book Award.
"Obviously, 'Freedom' is the big book of the year, but the question is what the National Book Awards are supposed to honor," Harold Augenbraum, exeuctive director of the National Book Foundation, told the Associated Press. "We tell the judges just to look at the books and that outside chatter is not important. We go with that every year." Franzen's previous novel, "The Corrections," won the National Book Award for fiction in 2001.
The fiction nominees, announced this morning, are Peter Carey's "Parrot and Olivier in America," Jaimy Gordon's "Lord of Misrule," Nicole Krauss's "Great House," Lionel Shriver's "So Much for That," and Karen Tei Yamashita "I Hotel." The full list of nominees can be found here. The winners -- who get $10,000 apiece -- will be announced Nov. 17.