Tuesday, April 5, 2016

And the Winner of the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Goes To...



Congratulations to James Hannaham who has taken home the PEN/Faulkner Award for Delicious Foods. No, this is a far cry from a Delicious Foods-Amazon Book Reviewcookbook, folks. Judge Sergio Troncoso calls the novel "exceptional" and "impressive"--"it speaks to the American experience today in a variety of ways, from the entrapment of perspective because of poverty and drug use to the heroic perseverance of character even after the worst of choices and atrocities. Delicious Foods is a standout work of fiction that will surely expand a reader's empathy for the struggles of a variety of groups and individuals freeing themselves from modern enslavement."

The PEN/Faulkner is the biggest fiction prize in the country that is decided by a jury of the authors' peers. Hannaham will be given $15,000 and the four remaining finalists will receive $5,000. Those finalists are:

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Mr. and Mrs. Doctory by Julie Iromuanya
 
Ifi and Job, a Nigerian couple in an arranged marriage, begin their lives together in Nebraska with a single, outrageous lie...
 

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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
 
The Sympathizer examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today.
 

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Mendocino Fire by Elizabeth Tallent
 
A diverse suite of stories about men and women confronting their vulnerabilities in times of transition and challenge.
 

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The Water Museum by Luis Alberto Urrea
 
Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Urrea reveals his mastery of the short form.
 


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