The 2014 Indies Choice Book Award winners, reflecting the spirit of independent bookstores nationwide, are:
ADULT FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
Life After Life: A Novel by Kate Atkinson. What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual.
ADULT NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown. Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower.
ADULT DEBUT BOOK OF THE YEAR
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel by Anthony Marra. In December 2004 in a rural village in Chechnya, failed doctor Akhmed harbors the traumatized eight-year-old daughter of a man abducted by Russian forces and treats a series of wounded refugees while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child.
YOUNG ADULT BOOK OF THE YEAR
Eleanor & Park: A Novel by Rainbow Rowel. Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.