Annal: 1988 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Results of the PEN/Faulkner Award in the year 1988.

Book:World's End

World's End

T. Coraghessan Boyle

Haunted by the burden of his family’s traitorous past, woozy with pot, cheap wine, and sex, and disturbed by a frighteningly real encounter with some family ghosts, Walter Van Brunt is about to have a collision with history.

It will lead Walter to search for his lost father. And it will send the story into the past of the Hudson River Valley, from the late 1960s back to the anticommunist riots of the 1940s, to the late seventeenth century, where the long-hidden secrets of three families—the aristocratic Van Warts, the Native-American Mohonks, and Walter’s own ancestors, the Van Brunts—will be revealed.

Book:Imagining Argentina

Imagining Argentina

Lawrence Thornton

Imagining Argentina is set in the dark days of the late 1970’s, when thousands of Argentineans disappeared without a trace into the general’s prison cells and torture chambers. When Carlos Ruweda’s wife is suddenly taken from him, he discovers a magical gift: In waking dreams, he had clear visions of the fates of “the disappeared.” But he cannot “imagine” what has happened to his own wife. Driven to near madness, his mind cannot be taken away: imagination, stories, and the mystical secrets of the human spirit.

Book:The Messiah of Stockholm

The Messiah of Stockholm

Cynthia Ozick

A small group of Jews weave a web of intrigue and fantasy around a book reviewer’s contention that he is the son of Borus Schultz, the legendary Polish writer killed by the Nazis before his magnum opus, The Messiah, could be brought to light.

Book:Spirits and Other Stories

Spirits and Other Stories

Richard Bausch

Book:That Night: A Novel

That Night: A Novel

Alice McDermott

Suburban Long Island in the 60s is the setting for this story of the binding love between a young couple, and the drastic actions they must take when she becomes pregnant. From the author of The Bigamist’s Daughter.

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