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National Book winner McBride found solace in fictional character

Packer earns award for nonfiction

James McBride has the won the National Book Award for fiction for his novel “The Good Lord Bird.”
James McBride has the won the National Book Award for fiction for his novel “The Good Lord Bird.”
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James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird,” the comic and terrifying adventures of a disguised black child caught up in John Brown’s abolitionist crusade, was the winner Wednesday night of the National Book Award for fiction. George Packer’s brutal examination of the modern class wars, “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America,” won for nonfiction during a dinner ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in downtown Manhattan. Cynthia Kadohata’s “The Thing About Luck” won for ...


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