Books to read during literary awards season.
DO NOT SAY WE HAVE NOTHING, by Madeleine Thien. Shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize (winner to be announced Oct. 25), this novel by a Canadian writer just came out in the United States. It follows the fortunes of a group of Chinese musicians from the Cultural Revolution of the mid-1960s through the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. (W.W. Norton, $26.95)
TRUEVINE: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South, by Beth Macy. The new book by the author of “Factory Man” is a finalist for the Kirkus Prize in nonfiction. It tells the story of George and Willie Muse, black albinos enslaved in a circus sideshow act in the early 20th century. Prize winners are announced Nov. 3. (Little, Brown; $28)
NEWS OF THE WORLD, by Paulette Jiles. An elderly Civil War veteran agrees to deliver a young girl to her family in San Antonio, four years after Kiowa raiders killed her parents and abducted her. This lyrical Western by the author of “Enemy Women” is a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award in Fiction; the ceremony is held in New York on Nov. 16. (William Morrow, $28.50)