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October 22, 2020
By PW Staff

Fifty-nine books from five genres advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 2019 BookLife Prize. Please note that while all books have been processed and assessed, due to the large number of submissions, we are still editing multiple Critic's Reports, all of which will be completed by October 28.

Selected by the editorial staffs of Publishers Weekly and Booklife, the quarterfinalists are as follows:


Celebrating Naked

Charleston Green

Child of Gilead

David: Rise

Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor

Independence Blues

The Joke’s On Me

Kind Eyes

The Last Entry

The People of Ostrich Mountain 

Silver Bottle

The Substance of All Things

Threads: A Depression Era Tale



Bishop’s Law

Bond Hunter

In This Delicious Garden or Les Enfants du Paradis

Dharma, a Rekha Rao Mystery

The Fourth Rising (Peter Brandt Thrillers Book 3)

The Jade Tiger


Requiem for Thursday


The Ultra Betrayal



The Benevolent Lords of Sometimes Island

Bert Mintenko and the Serious Business

The Identity Thief


Kissing Daisy Parker

Lessons in Saving a Girl

Little Miss Villain


Tales by Moonlight: Stories from Before the Great Melt

Tell, or the Adventures in Themiddle 

Time’s Musicians

The Translucent Boy and the Girl Who Saw Him

Trine Rising: The Kinderra Saga, Book 1



Born in Water

Brains and Brawn

Echoes of Another

Finding Liberty

Happily Ever His

Haunted Hearts

Never Say Duke

The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall

The Simple Soul of Susan

Take a Chance on Me



Displaced (The Birthright Series, Book 1)

Echoes of Another: A Novel of the Near Future

The Empress and the Arctic Tern

Liberty Bound


Primeval Origins: Rise of Serpents

The Princess of Asylum

A Realm at Stake

Serial Cortex


Suicide Door

The Turning Point