Donald Antrim

Novels of war, apocalypse vie in Critics Circle

Novels set in Africa and India, modern-day New Jersey and the stark landscape of a post-apocalyptic world will vie for the best work of fiction published in 2006, in nominations announced last week for the National Book Critics Circle awards.

The winner will be named in March; awards will also be given in nonfiction, biography, poetry, memoir and criticism. The National Book Critics Circle, founded in 1974, is a nonprofit made up of nearly 700 book reviewers across the nation.

The fiction nominees were Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for Half of a Yellow Sun (Alfred Knopf), based on the Nigerian-Biafran civil war of the late 1960s; Kiran Desai for The Inheritance of Loss...