Annal: 1983 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Results of the PEN/Faulkner Award in the year 1983.

Book:Seaview

Seaview

Toby Olson

Book:Birthplace Moving Into Nearness

Birthplace Moving Into Nearness

William S. Wilson

This epistolary novel examines the relationships among four generations of a remarkable family living in the 21st century on two islands in the Caribbean Sea.

Book:Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant: A Novel

Anne Tyler

Pearl Tull is nearing the end of her life but not her memory. Ever since 1944 when her husband left her, she has raised her three very different children on her own. Now grown, they have gathered together—with anger, with hope, and with a beautiful, harsh, and dazzling story to tell….

Book:Grace Abounding

Grace Abounding

Maureen Howard

Book:The Portage to San Cristóbal of A.H.

The Portage to San Cristóbal of A.H.: A Novel

George Steiner

Imagine, thirty years after the end of World War II, Israeli Nazi-hunters, some of whom lost relatives in the gas chambers of Nazi Germany, find a silent old man deep in the Amazon jungle. He is Adolph Hitler. The narrative that follows is a profound and disturbing exploration of the nature of guilt, vengeance, language, and the power of evil—each undiminished over time. George Steiner’s stunning novel, now with a new afterword, will continue to provoke our thinking about Nazi Germany’s unforgettable past.

Book:Shiloh and Other Stories

Shiloh and Other Stories

Bobbie Ann Mason

“These stories will last,” said Raymond Carver of Shiloh and Other Stories when it was first published, and almost two decades later this stunning fiction debut and winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award has become a modern American classic. In “Shiloh”, Bobbie Ann Mason introduces us to her western Kentucky people and the lives they forge for themselves amid the ups and downs of contemporary American life, and she poignantly captures the growing pains of the New South in the lives of her characters as they come to terms with feminism, R-rated movies, and video games.

“Bobbie Ann Mason is one of those rare writers who, by concentrating their attention on a few square miles of native turf, are able to open up new and surprisingly wide worlds for the delighted reader,” said Robert Towers in The New York Review of Books.

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