The 20 finalists for the 2004 National Book Awards, announced October 13, are among America's most gifted and original writers and their books represent an astonishing range of styles, voices, and themes. Winners are to be announced on November 17 at the Benefit Ceremony hosted by Garrison Keillor. Sarah Shun-lien Bynum is one of the finalists for her novel, Madeleine is Sleeping (Harcourt). Part fairy tale, part coming-of-age story, the novel follows the real and surreal adventures of a girl from a small French village who falls into an unexpected triangle of desire and love. This is Ms. Bynum's first novel. Her short fiction has appeared in the Georgia Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Best American Short Stories of 2004. A graduate of Brown University and the Iowa Writers Workshop, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.