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2021 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalists

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction honors the best published works of fiction by American permanent residents in a calendar year. Here are the 2021 finalists in audiobook form that are available through your local bookstore.

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The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

By Deesha Philyaw
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 4 hours 6 minutes

If you enjoyed Milk Blood Heat, then you’ll love The Secret Lives of Church Ladies.

“A slim, sensual, and often sapphic collection of stories about women, relationships, and the church. Whether the tension breaks in laughter or tears, it will keep you neglecting real life in leu of listening. You will fall in love with these women. It's remarkable with Philyaw has accomplished in such a short little book. It's incredible.”

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Mother Daughter Widow Wife

A Novel

By Robin Wasserman
Narrated by: Jayme Mattler, Jenni Barber & Emily Tremaine
Length: 11 hours 6 minutes

*Finalist for the 2021 Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction​*

From the author of Girls on Fire comes a “sharp and soulful and ferociously insightful” (Leslie Jamison) novel centered around a woman with no memory, the scientists studying her, and the daughter who longs to understand.

Wendy Doe is a woman with no past and no future. Without any memory of... Read more »

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The Knockout Queen

A novel

By Rufi Thorpe
Narrated by: Michael Crouch
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

The Knockout Queen

“To say I admire The Knockout Queen feels inadequate, though I do admire a great deal of it: its voice, depth, structure — you name it. But it’s more honest just to say I love The Knockout Queen; I loved reading it, I felt involved in it, and, finally, I was so moved by its ending. This is an epic tale of friendship, one where the magnitude sneaks up on you quietly — but when it strikes home, it rings so brilliantly true.”

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