Annal: 1993 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Results of the PEN/Faulkner Award in the year 1993.

Book:Postcards

Postcards

Annie Proulx

E. Annie Proulx’s first novel, Postcards, winner of the 1993 Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction, tells the mesmerizing tale of Loyal Blood, who misspends a lifetime running from a crime so terrible that it renders him forever incapable of touching a woman.

Blood’s odyssey begins in 1944 and takes him across the country from his hardscrabble Vermont hill farm to New York, across Ohio, Minnesota, and Montana to British Columbia, on to North Dakota, Wyoming, and New Mexico and ends, today, in California, with Blood homeless and near mad. Along the way, he must live a hundred lives to survive, mining gold, growing beans, hunting fossils and trapping, prospecting for uranium, and ranching. In his absence, disaster befalls his family; greatest among their terrible losses are the hard-won values of endurance and pride that were the legacy of farm people rooted in generations of intimacy…[more]

Book:A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

Robert Olen Butler

Robert Olen Butler’s lyrical and poignant collection of stories about the aftermath of the Vietnam War and its impact on the Vietnamese was acclaimed by critics across the nation and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. Now Grove Press is proud to reissue this contemporary classic by one of America’s most important living writers, in a new edition of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain that includes two subsequently published stories—”Salem” and “Missing”—that brilliantly complete the collection’s narrative journey, returning to the jungles of Vietnam.

Book:The Long Night of White Chickens

The Long Night of White Chickens

Francisco Goldman

The Long Night of White Chickens is a novel truely born of two worlds: it is the story of Roger Graetz, raised in a Boston suburb by an aristocrat Guatemalan mother, and his relationship with Flor de Mayo, the beautiful young Guatemalan orphan sent by his grandmother to live with his family as a maid. When, years later in the 1980s, Flor is murdered in Guatemala while running an orphanage, Roger returns to uncover the truth of her death. There he is reunited with Luis Moya, a childhood friend, and together they venture on a quest and chronicle of Flow’s whole life story that will prove to have unexpected, and unforgettable, repercussioins.

Book:Natural History (Maureen Howard)

Natural History

Maureen Howard

Years after the event, the mysterious circumstances that surround the murder of a lovesick soldier by a society vamp continue to haunt the family of Billy Bray, the swaggering Bridgeport police detective who investigated the crime, in this alternately enchanting and bawdy but always profound novel by award-winning novelist Maureen Howard.

Now middle-aged, bored with money and jaded by youthful movie-star fame, James Bray sees in the old murder case a ready-made film scenario and, in the starring role of his father, the resuscitation of his screen career. But reality continually intrudes upon his fantasy, for he cannot separate his father’s story from his own or that of his second wife—the beautiful Lilah Bray, a one-time rodeo queen—or his brilliant neglected daughter, Jen. Ultimately, though, it is James’s sister, Catherine Bray, a spinster (of wool and of history), whose searing confessional unravels the heartbreaking fictions of her Irish Catholic family and lays bare the American soul.

Book:Talking to the Dead And Other Stories

Talking to the Dead And Other Stories

Sylvia Watanabe

In an O. Henry Award-winning story, set in a village on Hawaii’s Lahaina coast, Aunty Talking to the Dead patiently teaches her young apprentice how best to still the soul of a passing spirit. Minerva, tap dancer extraordinaire—”the Orient’s answer to Fred Astaire”—looks for long-lost stardust among the ghosts in a renovated rooming house called the Bachelor Palms. Sachi and Meg, two little girls with dress-up clothes and fancy airs, shyly taste the anticipated glamour of adulthood on a country-club dance floor. Little Grandma stitches the secrets of family and neighbors into quilts of resplendent glory, while Aunt Pearlie and the Buddhist Mission Ladies Auxiliary keep vigilant watch for the phantom Laundry Burglar. And a cherished only son considers the options of Canada, Vietnam, and Lulu, a wild young woman with a penchant for wanderlust, while his father struggles with recollections of his own wartime terrors and his mother slips excerpts from the Diamond Sutra written on tiny strips of rice paper…[more]

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