Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Netherland Wins 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Joseph O'Neill has won the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction for his novel, Netherland. The three judges considered nearly 350 novels and short story collections by American authors from 2008. The other four finalists were Susan Choi's A Person of Interest, Richard Price's Lush Life, Ron Rash's Serena, and Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum's Ms. Hempel Chronicles.

Judge Randall Kenan commented that Netherland "is about the new and continuing immigrant story, about New Americans and the making of new American traditions, which has always been New York's function in the world. O'Neill has created a powerfully entertaining novel, but also a new emblem for our time."

Check out my review of Netherland.

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