Finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were announced on Feb. 22. A total of 55 finalists were named in eleven categories.
In the Fiction category, three women writers were nominated: Lydia Millet, Zadie Smith, and Dana Spiotta.
Finalists in the First Fiction category include another trio of women: Sara Baume, Idra Novey, and Rebecca Schiff.
Strangely, The Girls by Emma Cline was nominated in the Mystery/Thriller category.
The prizes will be awarded on the evening of April 21, the night before the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books begins at the University of Southern California.
Last year’s winners included Valeria Luiselli in Fiction for The Story of My Teeth and Chigozie Obioma in First Fiction for The Fishermen.
What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta
THE ART SEIDENBAUM AWARD FOR FIRST FICTION
Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
The Whale: A Love Story by Mark Beauregard
The Nix by Nathan Hill
Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey
The Bed Moved by Rebecca Schiff
i have to agree that the categorization of THE GIRLS seems a bit off!