The Center for Fiction
has announced the seven novels that are finalists for its 2015 First Novel Prize. Among the nominees is Bright Lines
by Tanwi Nandini Islam, published by Penguin Books. This vibrant debut novel, set in Brooklyn and Bangladesh, follows three young women and one family struggling to make peace with secrets and their past.
The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1 and December 31 of the award year. The author of the winning book is awarded $10,000 and each shortlisted author receives $1,000. The winner will be announced at the Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner on December 8 at The Metropolitan Club in New York.