NEA Big Read Novels

Five Skies - Ron Carlson
An exploration of work and friendship as three wounded men labor on a mysterious project in a vast western landscape.
In the Shadow of the Banyan - Vaddey Ratner
A sheltered child, plunged into the war and chaos of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, 40+ years ago, survives on remembered love and stories.
Into the Beautiful North - Luis Alberto Urrea
Inspired by a movie, a young woman goes from Mexico to the US to bring back seven men to save her village from gang violence.
Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
After a flu pandemic wipes out 99% of humanity, little communities persist amid the devastation, including a traveling band of actors and musicians preserving hope through art.