I was greatly surprised (astonished, really) to learn South Pole Station had been awarded the Lascaux Prize in Fiction this summer, somehow beating exceptional novels like Exit, West by Mosin Hamid and The Use of Fame by Cornelia Nixon. The finalist list serves as a handy must-read list, by the way, so I'm including it below:

Mohsin Hamid, Exit West
Jim Naremore, The Arts of Legerdemain as Taught by Ghosts
Cornelia Nixon, The Use of Fame
Ronan Ryan, The Fractured Life of Jimmy Dice
Lynn C. Miller, The Day After Death
Anne Da Vigo, Thread of Gold
Robley Wilson, After Paradise