Nominees for the National Book Award are out. First up, the longlists of 10 contenders each in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and young people's literature. In two weeks, these lists will be shortened to the five finalists. Here's a look at the fiction longlist, with brief summaries.
New literary escapes for your New Year -- a powerful story from National Book Award winner Richard Powers, and what promises to be a fun read from "The Silver Linings Playbook" author Matthew Quick.