PEN/Faulkner Award

The Buddha in the Attic

Award Year: 
2012
Authors(s): 
Julie Otsuka
Description: 
In six unforgettable, incantatory sections, the novel traces their new lives as "picture brides": the arduous voyage by boat, where the girls trade photos of their husbands and imagine uncertain futures in an unknown land ... their arrival in San Francisco and the tremulous first nights with their new husbands ... backbreaking toil as migrant workers in the fields and in the homes of white women ... the struggle to learn a new language and culture ... giving birth and raising children who come to reject their heritage . . . and, finally, the arrival of war, and the agonizing prospect of their internment.

The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg

Award Year: 
2011
Authors(s): 
Deborah Eisenberg
Description: 
Short stories.

War Dances

Award Year: 
2010
Authors(s): 
Sherman Alexie
Description: 
As a 41-year-old man confronts his own mortality in this collection's title story, he recalls his Spokane Indian father's chilling death from alcoholism and diabetes. Another tale features an eccentric salesman pursuing a married woman from airport to airport. And then there's the film editor who sees nothing wrong with altering footage to fit preconceived views--until he becomes the target of media distortion.

The Old Forest and Other Stories

Award Year: 
1986
Authors(s): 
Peter Taylor

Soldiers in Hiding

Award Year: 
1987
Authors(s): 
Richard Wiley

World's End

Award Year: 
1988
Authors(s): 
T.C. Boyle
Description: 
This multi-generational novel ranges over the history of the Hudson River Valley from the late seventeenth cenutry to the late 1960s with low humor, high seriousness, and magical, almost hallucinatory prose. It follows the interwoven destinies of families of Indians, lordy Dutch patrons, and yoemen.

Dusk and Other Stories

Award Year: 
1989
Authors(s): 
James Salter

Billy Bathgate - PEN/Faulkner

Award Year: 
1990
Authors(s): 
E.L. Doctorow
Description: 
Billy Bathgate is an urban Huck Finn who comes of age in New York City in the 1930s as the protege of Dutch Schultz, one of the most abominable gangsters of his time, but one of life's great teachers as well.

Philadelphia Fire

Award Year: 
1991
Authors(s): 
John Edgar Wideman
Description: 
Based on the 1985 bombing by police of a West Philadelphia row house owned by an Afrocentric cult.

Mao II

Award Year: 
1992
Authors(s): 
Don DeLillo
Description: 
A novel about novelists and terrorists, the mass mind and the arch individualist. A love triangle that moves from New York to London to Beirut, Mao II tells an intimate story of faith, longing and redemption.
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