Iraq veteran Phil Klay wins National Book Award for fiction

November 20, 2014 3:53 PM

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NEW YORK — Phil Klay’s Redeployment, a debut collection of searching, satiric and often agonized stories by an Iraq war veteran, has won the National Book Award for fiction.

Klay’s book was chosen Wednesday night over such high-profile finalists as Marilynne Robinson’s Lila and Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. His book was the first debut release to win in fiction since Julia Glass’ The Three Junes in 2002, the first story collection to win since Andrea Barrett’s...

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