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Greer wins 2018 Pulitzer Prize for fiction

In the US, Andrew Sean Greer has won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel, Less (Lee Boudreaux Books).

Less is the comic story about the misbegotten adventures of a gay middle-aged novelist, and was described by the Pulitzer judges as ‘a generous book, musical in its prose and expansive in its structure and range, about growing older and the essential nature of love’.

Nominated as finalists alongside Greer’s Less in the fiction category were Hernan Diaz’s In the Distance (Coffee House Press) and Elif Batuman’s The Idiot (Random House).

The Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction went to James Forman Jr’s Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), an ‘examination of the historical roots of contemporary criminal justice in the US [and] its often-devastating consequences for citizens and communities of color’.

In other categories, The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea (Jack E Davis, W W Norton) won for history, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder (Caroline Fraser, Fleet) won for biography and Frank Bidart’s Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) won for poetry.

To view the full list of winners and finalists, click here.

 

Category: International news