It has been quite a year here at First Novelist HQ. After a fabulous ten-year celebration and festival,we welcomed 2012 with an impressive new stack of books to dive into. Think of the Olympics, remove any sort of physical exertion, replace injuries with papercuts and weakened eyes from absorbing the many great lines that danced before our eyes, and you have a general idea of what it’s like to be a First Novelist reader. This year’s submissions took us all over the globe and time periods, and introduced us to a myriad of exciting and hilarious characters and adventures.
Alas, we can only have one winner. . .
Chosen from nearly one hundred titles read by diverse members of the VCU Community, it is with great pleasure that the First Novelist Committee reveals the list of our 2012 Semifinalists.
The Brother’s Lot by Kevin Holohan
Show Me Good Land Shonna Milliken Humphrey
A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism by Peter Mountford
The Book of Want by Daniel Olivas
This Burns My Heart by Samuel Park
and yet they were happy by Helen Phillips
The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard
The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
Along the Watchtower by Constance Squires
We the Animals by Justin Torres
The Submission by Amy Waldman
Touch by Alexi Zentner
. . Stay tuned for news of our winner later this summer.