Written by on February 27, 2009

PEN/Faulkner Award announced

21389605.JPGjoseph-oneill-190.jpgNetherland, by Joseph O’Neill has won top honors. (in the Browsing Collection)

The story involves the game of cricket, a friendship between a Dutch-born narrator and a Trinidadian entrepreneur who works for a Russian gangster, and is set mainly in New York City before and after 9/11.

According to the LA Times, the PEN/Faulkner judges call the top prizewinner “first among equals,” and announce the finalists at the same time the winner is named.

The other “equals”:

36289339.JPGemmons-190.jpgMs. Hempel Chronicles, by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum (being ordered for the Browsing Collection)

Adventures of a new 7th grade teacher.

24669459.JPG300h.jpgA Person of Interest, by Susan Choi (Main Collection)

Click here for my review from a while back.

34722967.JPGpricerichard_credit_ralph_gibson.jpgLush Life, by Richard Price (Browsing Collection)

The death of a young bartender, set on New York’s Lower East Side.

28473271.JPGrash190.jpgSerena, by Ron Rash (Browsing Collection)

Set in 1929 in North Carolina, this novel begins with a stabbing.

author photos, from top:

Lisa Ackerman/Pantheon Books
Leigh Dana Jackson
Ralph Gibson
Mark Haskett

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