ANNOUNCING
THE SECOND ANNUAL
BELIEVER BOOK AWARDS

Welcome back to the second round of the Believer Book Awards, the awards that award the year’s bravest and most ambitious work of fiction. Last year’s winner was Home Land by Sam Lipsyte—which is, even one year later, still an incredibly good book. This year’s five finalists, with representative sentences, follow. The winner will be announced in the next issue.

WIDE EYED
by Trinie Dalton
“My face is not exactly like two dogs humping, but it’s just as fascinating and embarrassing.”

WILLFUL CREATURES
by Aimee Bender
“The pumpkinhead mother quickly put the iron away; she understood; she imagined it was much the way she felt when one of her humanhead friends offered her a piece of seasonal pie on Thanksgiving.”

CANAAN’S TONGUE
by John Wray
“Each person in the room must now be suspicious of every other: fresh killings will spring from this like flowers from a cow-pat.”

ATOMIK AZTEX
by Sesshu Foster
“I am Zenzontli, Keeper of the House of Darkness of the Aztex and I am getting fucked in the head and I think I like it.”

GOD LIVES IN ST. PETERSBURG
by Tom Bissell
“In whatever dark, smoldering interior shrine, the flame would grow and flash outward, melting Timothy’s core—the part of himself he believed good and steadfast—into soft, pliable skin.”

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