I know the Pulitzer doesn’t garner quite the attention other awards do, like, say, the Oscars. There are no beautiful people walking down a red carpet. There are no star studded televised events or after-show award parties lasting until dawn. But I was still disappointed to read that there would not be a Pulitzer Prize for a fictional novel published in 2011. Ann Patchett, a brilliant author herself, wrote an insightful article in the New York Times about this last week. Apparently the review board could not reach a concensus on one of the three novels that were nominated: Train Dreams by Denis Johnson, Swamplandia by Karen Russell, and The Pale King by David Foster Wallace. It is a shame, because surely one of the novels published last year deserved fiction’s top prize. I know I read several myself that would have been worthy of it: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, and of course Patchett’s own State of Wonder. So, fellow readers, if you were on that review board, what book would you have demanded be given the Pulitzer?
No Pulitzer This Year?