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2009 National Book Award finalists: "strangers" no more

For the Star Tribune, Laurie Hertzel comments on this year’s remarkably un-famous crop of fiction finalists; many seemed dark horses next to literary legends like Margaret Atwood, Kazsuo Ishiguro, Lorrie Moore, and John Irving — each of whom published new books this fall, and none of whom made the list.

To get better acquainted with the work of one finalist, here’s an excerpt from Column McCann’s Let the Great World Spin.

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