Atwood’s THE TESTAMENTS Named Amazon’s Best Book of 2019

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Margaret Atwood’s THE TESTAMENTS (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday), winner of this year’s Booker Prize, has been named Best Book of 2019 by Amazon. Ms. Atwood commented, “I’m Canadian, where modesty is a requirement. So I’m mildly embarrassed, though absolutely delighted, to hear that the Amazon editorial team has chosen THE TESTAMENTS as their book of the year. While I’m no prophet, we seem doomed to live in stressful times. A tale of hope and courage narrated by three strong female voices appears to have connected to this crucial 2019 moment.”

The Amazon editors’ Top 20 picks for Best Book of the Year also include these titles published by Penguin Random House imprints, ranked as follows:

#2: Colson Whitehead’s THE NICKEL BOYS (Doubleday)

#4: Salman Rushdie’s QUICHOTTE (Random House)

#5: Erin Morgenstern’s THE STARLESS SEA (Doubleday)

#7: Elizabeth Gilbert’s CITY OF GIRLS (Riverhead)

#12: Jacqueline Woodson’s RED AT THE BONE (Riverhead)

#15: Ocean Vuong’s ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS (Penguin Press)

#17: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ THE WATER DANCER (One World/Random House)

Also, books published by Penguin Random House imprints are #1 on several of Amazon’s Best Book of 2019 category lists:

Literature and Fiction: Margaret Atwood’s THE TESTAMENTS (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)

Nonfiction: Casey Cep’s FURIOUS HOURS: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee (Knopf)

History: Patrick Radden Keefe’s SAY NOTHING: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland (Doubleday)

Romance: Lyssa Kay Adams’ THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB (Berkley)

To view Amazon’s Best Books of 2019 lists, click here.

All lists are hand-selected by Amazon’s team of editors – first by choosing the best books of every month, and then, finally, the best books of the year.


Posted: November 15, 2019