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September 26, 2019

 Sixty-two 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 1.

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


General Fiction

Babylon Laid Waste: A Journey in the Twilight of the Idols

Dancing on the Spider's Web

Dreams of Cherry Blossoms

Everywhere She's Not

Exit 8

Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor

It All Comes Back to You

Listen to the Wind: The Orphans of Tolosa, Book I

Seeking Grace in Beulah Land


The Unseen Blossom

Simon's Mansion



An Artifact of Death

Collateral Carnage

Death is the Cool Night

Delphy's Rising

Fatal Rounds

Feeding the Fire

Finding Nowhere

Missing Pieces: A Novel of the Balkans

The Nine

Oh Vey, Maria!

Palm Beach Bedlam

Requiem for Innocence

Running to Graceland

Shadow of Doubt

The Second Law

To Suffer is Human

True Creature



Asteroids: Bridge to Nowhere


Destroyer's Blood

Behind Distant Stars

The Planet on the Detergent Box

Pluto's Ghost

Sharpest Sting

Sorcerous Rivalry

The Time Traveler Professor

Kurintor Nyusi



Abigail Always Ever After

Bali with the Billionaire

Bound in Flame

Drove All Night

Falling for Her Best Biggest Headache

Never Kiss a Scot

The Perfect Lap

UPersistence of Memory: Déjà Vu

Publish or Perish

The Secret Ingredient




After Midnight

Cee Cee's Gift

The Edge Rules

A Medicine Dream and Warrior Ghosts

Opulent Shoals


Sky-bound Misfit

Smallfish Clover

Tinsey Clover

Queen of the Warrior Bees