I’m in fine company, too. The other nominees in my category are Ken Babstock for Methodist Hatchet; David Bezmozgis for The Free World; Tony Burgess for Idaho Winter; David Gilmour for The Perfect Order of Things, and Phil Hall for Killdeer. May the best (woman?) win!
Here’s what the jury wrote about And Me Among Them:
“Deceptively slim, And Me Among Them presents an uncanny world guided by a uniquely heightened perspective. As she grows up (and up, and up), the girl giant Ruth stretches everyone’s consciousness, seeing into, above, and beyond the minds and dreams of her parents. Kristen den Hartog opens so many doors that every meaning is magnified, shifted, and understood anew — a magical, wonderful novel like no other.”
Meanwhile, I remain Trillium Nervosa.