I’m very proud.

By Wendy Clinch •  Updated: 10/10/07 •  1 min read

WARNING*****This has nothing to do with skiiing*****WARNING

Can’t help myself, though. You see, my husband’s book, Finn, has been shortlisted for the John Sargent, Sr., First Novel Prize, which honors the best first novel of 2007.

The Sargent Prize was created by the Mercantile Library Center for Fiction as part of its mission to promote the art of fiction in the United States. Marisha Pessl won last year for Special Topics in Calamity Physics.

This is not a first book award; it’s a first novel award. So some of the other nominees are some pretty heavy literary hitters.

Here’s the complete list of nominees:

Finn by Jon Clinch (Random House)
Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcon (HarperCollins)
The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander (Alfred A. Knopf)
Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman (Pantheon Books)
Bearing the Body by Ehud Havazelet (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (Riverhead)

The award will be presented in New York on October 29. And I know it sounds cliche, but just being nominated is an honor.

Wish us luck!