The PEN/Bellwether Prize, founded and funded by Barbara Kingsolver, was created to promote fiction that addresses issues of social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. The award is presented every other year to an unpublished manuscript. Algonquin then publishes the book.
Good Kings Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum
Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron (4.5 stars)
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Correcting the Landscape by Marjorie Kowalski Cole (4 stars)
The Book of Dead Birds by Gayle Brandeis
Kissing the Virgin's Mouth by Donna Gershten
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