The PRH Library Marketing Staff Predicts Award-Winning 2024 Releases

By Rachel Tran | October 24 2023 | Staff Picks

‘Tis the season—awards season! We polled our staff to get their guesses for 2024’s best-in-show releases. Scroll to browse our predictions for award-winning titles publishing next year.

Rachel's Pick

The Demon of Unrest
A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War

“Narrative nonfiction juggernaut Erik Larson returns with his first novel on American soil since The Devil in the White City. He dives into the five months between Abraham Lincoln’s election and the start of the Civil War in this masterful, suspense-filled saga of a Nation on the brink of cataclysm—a political horror story examined by one of the greatest nonfiction writers today.”

Jen C.'s Pick

A Novel

“A brilliant, action-packed reimagining of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, both harrowing and ferociously funny, told from the enslaved Jim’s point of view. From the Pulitzer Prize Finalist, and one of the most decorated writers of our lifetime.”

Elizabeth's Pick

Meditations After an Attempted Murder
“From internationally renowned writer and Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie, a searing, deeply personal account of enduring—and surviving—an attempt on his life thirty years after the fatwa that was ordered against him. Knife is a gripping, intimate, and ultimately life-affirming meditation on life, loss, love, art—and finding the strength to stand up again.”

Liz's Pick

A Novel

“A hilarious and haunting debut novel from the UK’s Gabriel Smith who has already won an O. Henry prize for his short fiction. Brat is also a relatable story about grief, family, and inheritance, perfect for fans of Ottessa Mossfegh.”

Maureen's Pick

The Fetishist

“From an already accomplished and influential writer, Katherine Min’s The Fetishist—to be published posthumously—is an exuberant, provocative story that confronts race, complicity, visibility, and ideals of femininity. Startlingly prescient, as wise and powerful as it is utterly delightful, this novel cements Katherine Min’s legacy as a writer with a singular voice for our times.”

Sharnell's Pick

Earls Trip

Ted Lasso meets Bridgerton for a 19th century spin on The Hangover in USA Today bestselling author Jenny Holiday’s laugh-out-loud bromantic comedy featuring three Regency-era Earls on their annual trip–ride-or-die buddies offering one another unconditional support in everything from Lady problems to family woes.”

Jen R.'s Pick

Long Island Compromise
A Novel

“Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s eagerly-awaited follow-up to Fleishman is in Trouble (her National Book Award longlisted debut, named one of the ten best books of 2019 by the New York Public Library, that became a hit Hulu series), Long Island Compromise is also sure to deliver an impactful punch that will that leave book clubs–and award committees–with much to discuss. Known for her sharp insights, tense twists, and an ability to portray family drama with an edge that will keep readers riveted, Brodesser-Akner’s bold return is a suburban journey that I look forward to taking.”