With a prize of $50,000, the Kirkus Prize is one of the richest literary awards in the world. It is given each year to authors of fiction, nonfiction, and young readers’ literature.
Truevine, which will be published by Little, Brown on October 18, is the story of two African American brothers named George and Willie Muse from a tobacco community in Franklin County, Virginia. At the turn of the 20th century, the Muse brothers were kidnapped and exhibited as circus freaks, while their mother sought valiantly for years to bring them home.
Macy’s previous book, Factory Man, was a national bestseller.
Joining Truevine on the Kirkus Prize nonfiction shortlist are works by Sarah Bakewell, Matthew Desmond, Michael Eric Dyson, Susan Faludi, and J.D. Vance.
Winners of the 2016 Kirkus Prize will be selected on November 3 by a panel of judges made up of writers, booksellers, librarians, and Kirkus critics.