Maidenhead by Tamara Faith Berger has won the Believer Book Award for 2013 and The Hartford Book by Samuel Amadon took the Believer Poetry Award this year.

To help readers explore all the finalists, we’ve created a literary mixtape linking to excerpts of all the finalists–look below for the free literary sampler. Here’s more about Maidenhead:

It is the rare writer who can produce, between the same covers, a genuine work of erotica (which Maidenhead, from Coach House Books, is) and a deep portrait of a young woman’s coming-of-age, with all that implies: her political awakening, her newly critical eye turned toward her family, and a life of embroilments far greater than she can truly handle. Tamara Faith Berger has been writing challenging and sexy books for more than a decade, but this novel is her best yet.

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