|National Book Award 2014 Winners|
Phil Klay returned home with all types of questions he could not answer following 13 months in the Marines in Iraq. To think everything through, he wrote Redeployment, which won the National Book Award for fiction.
"War is too strange to be procesed alone,'' Klay said at the award ceremony, "so I want to thank everyone who picked up the book, read it and decided to join the conversation."
The book consists of a series of stories revealing the intricate combination of monotony, bureaucracy, comradeship and violence that make up a soldier's daily life at war, and the isolation, remorse and despair that can accompany a soldier's homecoming.
The award for nonfiction went to Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos. The author looks at the clash taking place in China between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party's struggle to retain control.
The finalists for nonfiction were Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast; No Good Men Among the Living by Anand Gopal; Tennessee Williams by John Lahr; and The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O. Wilson.Threatened by Eliot Schrefer; The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin; Noggin by John Corey Whaley; and Revolution by Deborah Wiles.