John Darnielle on his novel 'Wolf in White Van'

When the longlist for the National Book Awards was announced last week, it had the usual suspects - books by previous winner Richard Powers and two Pulitzer winners, Jane Smiley and Marilynne Robinson. And there was one big surprise: the novel "Wolf in White Van" by John Darnielle, who is known as the man behind the Mountain Goats, a lyrically gifted indie rock band.

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