The story of a Nova Scotia family during World War I, our critic called it a "beautiful novel about a terrible war."
Others in the running for the prize are:
Anthony Marra, "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena."
Antonio Munos Molina, "In the Night of Time."
Bob Shacochis, "The Woman Who Lost Her Soul."
Margaret Wrinkle, "Wash."
Jo Roberts, "Contested Land, Contested Memory"
Steve McQuiddy, "Here on Edge: How a Small Group of WWII Conscientious Objectors Took Art and Peace from the Margins to the Mainstream."
Katy Butler, "Knocking on Heaven's Door." (Strib review here)
Jesmyn Ward, "Men We Reaped." (Strib review here)
David Finkel, "Thank You for Your Service." (Strib review here)
Karima Bennoune, "Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here."
The Dayton Literary Peace Prize is given annually to one work of fiction and one work of nonfiction that promotes peace, justice and understanding. Previous winners include Chang- rae Lee, Marlon James, Adam Johnson, and Adam Hochschild.
The winners will be announced Sept. 24. They will be honored at a ceremony on Nov. 9, when Louise Erdrich will also be honored with the 2014 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award.