Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Announced

Today the Pulitzer Prize for fiction announced its winner and two finalists:

Winner:  Tinkers by Paul Harding

Finalists:  Love in Infant Monkeys by Lydia Millet and In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin.  For a review of In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, check out this one from KevinfromCanada.

I haven’t even heard of Tinkers.  Or Love in Infant Monkeys, for that matter.  Time to look them up.

12 thoughts on “Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Announced”

  1. Trevor says:

    So, Tinkers is a first novel. On its cover is a strong endorsement from Marilynee Robinson. Here’s the blurb on the back of the book — yes, I now have a copy!

    An old man lies dying. As time collapses into memory, he travels deep into his past where he is reunited with his father and relives the wonder and pain of his impoverished New England youth. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, Tinkers is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature.

    In other words, it sounds very much like a Pulitzer-winning novel — and I’m anxious to dig in!

  2. Moz says:

    I’m not surprised it has an endorsement from the wonderful Marilynne Robinson – it sounds a little like like Gilead from the blurb! Having said that, an endorsement from her makes me extra anxious to read it.

    Looking forward to reading all three of these. And really liking this site, am new to it.

  3. Trevor says:

    Welcome Moz! I agree that the blurb sounded a bit like Gilead, but so far the style is not at all the same. I think the real reason for her blurb is the Iowa Workshop. Sometimes those writers make me sceptical, but I think this one is so far so good.

  4. I remember reading reviews of Tinkers and thinking that I would not be interested — Iowa Workshop is a good description of why (and that does not mean that I assume it is a bad book). Since you have a copy, Trevor, I think you should review it so the rest of us can make an informed choice.

    I am delighted that Mueenuddin’s collection made the shortlist. It is a wonderful linked series of stories (more a novel than a collection for me) which deserves to be read.

  5. And if the previous note was not clear enough, could you please make Tinkers your number one priority. Many readers ( that would be me) are looking for an informed opinion about this book.

  6. Trevor says:

    Your wish is my command, Kevin. I’m hard at work reading it and making my review notes in the process. Since Mrs. Berrett is writing tonight, that might even mean a review for tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

  7. Guy Savage says:

    Love in Infant Monkeys is an excellent collection of stories which focus on human relationships with animals and the propensity to objectify and exploit them. I found some of the stories rather difficult to read–esp the title story which is based on fact. Another fact-based story concerns Edison’s 1903 electrocution of an elephant. I was shocked to find a video of the event preserved on the internet.

    Anyway, I’m glad to see the collection got some recognition.

  8. Isabel says:

    I am so far behind all the winners. I haven’t read any.

    But, I wish all the authors the best in their writing careers.

  9. Isabel says:

    Yikes, except for Mueenuddin’s novel.

    Will you be attending the PEN festival?
    These events are free:



    Envy from the hinterlands.

  10. marco says:

    At once heartbreaking and life affirming , Tinkers is an elegiac meditation


  11. Trevor says:

    Hi Isabel, I don’t think I’ll go to any of hte PEN events. I end up not having much time during the week and none of the events are particularly interesting to me. I take advantage of a few of these things, but I’m sure you’d be appalled at my low percentage!

    Marco, Hah! I thought the same thing when I read the synopsis. To be fair, it is a book blurb/synopsis, not a review — these things almost always speak in codes. Also, I get a bit annoyed at those kinds of articles, which themselves are redundant — almost a cliche in themselves. Still, lots of fun to see so many in one sentence!

  12. Trevor says:

    So I was hoping to have a review of Tinkers posted by now. But last night, I couldn’t stay awake long enough to finish, and I still have 30 pages left this morning. It’s one of those books that I’ll only know how I feel about it only after finishing the whole thing. At this point, I still want to see if the pretty writing is warranted by the examinations going on in the text. It looks like it might pull through!

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