Annal: 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Results of the Pulitzer Prize in the year 1993.

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:Black Water

Black Water

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates has taken a shocking story that has become an American myth and, from it, has created a novel of electrifying power and illumination.

Kelly Kelleher is an idealistic, twenty-six-year-old “good girl” when she meets the Senator at a Fourth of July party. In a brilliantly woven narrative, we enter her past and her present, her mind and her body as she is fatally attracted to this older man, this hero, this soon-to-be-lover. Kelly becomes the very embodiment of the vulnerable, romantic dreams of bight and brave women, drawn to the power that certain men command—at a party that takes on the quality of a surreal nightmare; in a tragic care ride that we hope against hope will not end as we know it must end.

One of the acknowleged masters of American fiction, Joyce Carol Oates has written a bold tour de force that parts the black water to reveal the profoundest depths of human truth.

Book:At Weddings and Wakes

At Weddings and Wakes

Alice McDermott

Scenes of a family unfold through childrens’ eyes in Alice McDermott’s extraordinary novel. Here, among family rituals and relationships, love and longing, recriminations and regret, an Irish-Catholic family comes vividly, brilliantly to life.

Twice a week, Lucy Dailey leaves suburbia with her three children in tow, returning to the Brooklyn home where she grew up, and where her stepmother and unmarried sisters still live. Lucy longs for the ineffable as her sisters grapple with alcohol and absolution and her mother wrestles with the past.

Aunt Veronica, with her wounded face and dreams of beauty, drowns her sorrows in drink. Aunt Agnes, an acerbic student of elegance, sips only from the finest crystal as she sees Aunt May, the ex-nun who has vowed to find happiness, blossom with a late and unexpected love….

And the children watch, absorbing the legacy of their haunted family: “…like the dead, their presence would be all the more inescapable when they were gone.”

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