2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

The Pulitzer prizes have been awarded and the Pulitzer for fiction, which is awarded to an American author, went to:

A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

a visit  from the goon squad

The Guardian Review:

Egan has said that the novel was inspired by two sources: Proust’s À la Recherche du Temps Perdu, and HBO’s The Sopranos. That shouldn’t make sense but it does: Goon Squad is a book about memory and kinship, time and narrative, continuity and disconnection, in which relationships shift and recombine kaleidoscopically. It is neither a novel nor a collection of short stories, but something in between: a series of chapters featuring interlocking characters at different points in their lives, whose individual voices combine to a create a symphonic work that uses its interconnected form to explore ideas about human interconnectedness. This is a difficult book to summarise, but a delight to read, gradually distilling a medley out of its polyphonic, sometimes deliberately cacophonous voices.

For the rest of this great review please follow the guardian link below:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/mar/13/jennifer-egan-visit-goon-squad

The other nominated finalists for the fiction Pulitzer Prize were these two novels:

The Privileges by Jonathan Dee (Random House), a contemporary, wide ranging tale about an elite Manhattan family, moral bankruptcy and the long reach of wealth.

The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee (Riverhead Books), a haunting and often heartbreaking epic whose characters explore the deep reverberations of love, devotion and war.


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