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Orion Book Award Finalists: Free Samples

Snubbed by the Pulitzer Prize board, novelist Karen Russell has been named one of the five finalists for the Orion Book Award.

Check it out: “Each spring near Earth Day, an important work of fiction or nonfiction is presented with the Orion Book Award in recognition of its success in addressing the human relationship with the natural world in a fresh, thought-provoking, and engaging manner … Nominations for the award are made by advisors, writers, editors, and contributing editors of Orion. Selection of the winning book and four finalists are made by a five-person selection committee, which changes annually.”

We’ve collected links to free samples of all five finalists below…

2012 Orion Book Award Finalists

Oil on Water by Helon Habila (W.W. Norton & Co.)

Fire Season by Philip Connors (Ecco)

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (Vintage)

The View from Lazy Point by Carl Safina (Picador)

Raising Elijah by Sandra Steingraber (De Capo)

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