Annal: 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Results of the National Book Critics Circle Award in the year 1992.

Book:All the Pretty Horses: Volume 1 of The Border Trilogy

All the Pretty Horses: Volume 1 of The Border Trilogy

Cormac McCarthy

The national bestseller and the first volume in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy, All the Pretty Horses is the tale of John Grady Cole, who at sixteen finds himself at the end of a long line of Texas ranchers, cut off from the only life he has ever imagined for himself. With two companions, he sets off for Mexico on a sometimes idyllic, sometimes comic journey to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.

Book:Black Water

Black Water

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates has taken a shocking story that has become an American myth and, from it, has created a novel of electrifying power and illumination.

Kelly Kelleher is an idealistic, twenty-six-year-old “good girl” when she meets the Senator at a Fourth of July party. In a brilliantly woven narrative, we enter her past and her present, her mind and her body as she is fatally attracted to this older man, this hero, this soon-to-be-lover. Kelly becomes the very embodiment of the vulnerable, romantic dreams of bight and brave women, drawn to the power that certain men command—at a party that takes on the quality of a surreal nightmare; in a tragic care ride that we hope against hope will not end as we know it must end.

One of the acknowleged masters of American fiction, Joyce Carol Oates has written a bold tour de force that parts the black water to reveal the profoundest depths of human truth.

Book:Clockers (Richard Price)

Clockers

Richard Price

Veteran homicide detective Rocco Klein’s passion for the job gave way long ago. His beat is a rough New Jersey neighborhood where the drug murders blur together…until the day Victor Dunham—a twenty-year-old with a steady job and a clean record—confesses to a shooting outside a fast-food joint. It doesn’t take long for Rocco’s attention to turn to Victor’s brother, a street-corner crack dealer named Strike who seems a more likely suspect for the crime.

At once an intense mystery, and a revealing study of two men on opposite sides of an unwinnable war, Clockers is a stunningly well-rendered chronicle of modern life on the streets.

Book:Let the Dead Bury Their Dead

Let the Dead Bury Their Dead: Stories

Randall Kenan

Folk in the eastern North Carolina town of Tims Creek are pretty much like folk anywhere else, only more interesting—at least when Randall Kenan tells their stories. Here are tales about blacks and whites, young and old, rich and poor, rural and sophisticated—stories at once grittily down to earth and soaringly fantastical.

Book:Outerbridge Reach

Outerbridge Reach

Robert Stone

In this towering story about a man pitting himself against the sea, against society, and against himself, Robert Stone again demonstrates that he is “one of the most impressive novelists of his generation” (New York Review of Books). Inviting comparison with the great sea novels of Conrad, Melville, and Hemingway, Outerbridge Reach is also the portrait of two men and the powerful, unforgettable woman they both love - and for whom they are both ready, in their very different ways, to stake everything. As the San Francisco Chronicle said, “Robert Stone asks questions of our time few writers could imagine and answers them in narratives few readers will ever quite forget.”

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