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BOOK CRITICS SNUB WOLFE

Here's another literary prize Tom Wolfe will not win.

The best-selling author, whose novel "A Man in Full" was a runner-up last fall for the National Book Award, is not even a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle fiction prize.

"There was less discussion about it than you might expect," said Barbara Hoffert, president of the NBCC, which announced the nominees Monday. "We reached a consensus fairly quickly this year."

"A Man in Full," one of last year's most talked-about works of fiction, was never a favorite with critics. Instead, the NBCC chose writers much less famous but whose work received more consistent reviews.

Finalists include two acclaimed short story writers: Lorrie Moore, for "Birds of America," and the Canadian author Alice Munro, for "The Love of a Good Woman." Also cited were three novelists: Michael Cunningham, for "The Hours," David Gates, for "Preston Falls," and Lynne Tillman, for "No Lease on Life."

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