Pulitzer Prize Winners 2013

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Last year, the bleary-eyed Pulitzer jury did not award a prize for a work of fiction, believing that none of the 300 novels they reviewed were worthy of any acclaim, including the three finalists: Train Dreams by Denis Johnson; Swamplandia! by Karen Russell; and The Pale King by David Foster Wallace. Literary critics and writers were outraged (not to mention publishers who count on literary awards to boost the sale of books) since this happens rarely (the last time the board voted for a “no award” in fiction was in 1977, passing over  A River Runs Through It by Norman MacLean).

Apparently, this year’s entries rose to the level of the jury’s literary expectations — The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The Pulitzer Prize jury recognized Johnson for “an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into…

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