The five nominees for the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction were announced yesterday. The national award honors the best American fiction each year.

The Buddha in the Attic Lost Memory of Skin The Angel Esmeralda The Artist of Disappearance We Others

Four of the nominees are familiar faces in the literary awards world, but everyone is talking about one nominee in particular: relatively new author Julie Otsuka! Her second novel, The Buddha in the Attic, was also a National Book Award finalist.

The other nominees are:

Russell Banks for Lost Memory of Skin. His novels Affliction and Cloudsplitter were both PEN/Faulkner nominees.

Don DeLillo for The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories, his first volume of short stories. He won the 1992 PEN/Faulkner for Mao II.

Anita Desai for The Artist of Disappearance. She has been shortlisted for the Man Booker three times.

Steven Millhauser for We Others: New and Selected Stories. He won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Martin Dressler.

The winner will be announced on March 26 and will receive a prize of $15,000.

(via EarlyWord)

Readers: Of these five books, which would you choose to be the winner?

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