Notable: prize paperbacks

Book clubs, start your engines: Three novels published in 2007 that won major prizes are now available in paperback.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead Trade) by Junot Diaz scored both the National Book Critics Circle Award for best novel and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for its rich, wild story of a "lovesick ghetto nerd."

In the Woods (Penguin) by Tana French is a taut psychological thriller about a series of child murders that won the Irish author the Edgar Award for best first novel. (See Page 8 for a review of her new novel, The Likeness.)

Tree of Smoke (Picador) by Denis Johnson is a complex, heart-wrenching saga about the Vietnam War and its long aftermath that won the National Book Award.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Notable: prize paperbacks 09/13/08 [Last modified: Saturday, September 13, 2008 4:30am]

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