PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is awarded annually by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation to the authors of the year’s best works of fiction by living American citizens. The winner receives US $15,000 and each of four runners-up receives US $5000.


1. How German Is It by Walter Abish
 The question How German Is It underlies the conduct and actions of the characters in Walter Abish’s novel, an icy panorama of contemporary Germany, in which the tradition of order and obedience, th…
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2. The Chaneysville Incident by David Bradley
 The Chaneysville Incident is a 1981 novel by David Bradley. It concerns a black historian who investigates an incident involving the death of his father and a prior incident involving the death of …
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3. Seaview by Toby Olson
 Publisher Comments: The action of Toby Olson’s PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel “Seaview” sweeps eastward, following three men and two women across a wasted American continent to an apocalyptic co…
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4. Sent for You Yesterday by John Edgar Wideman
 Sent for You Yesterday is a novel by the American writer John Edgar Wideman set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the 1970s. The novel tells the story of Albert Wilkes, who after seven years on…
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5. The Barracks Thief by Tobias Wolff
 The Barracks Thief is a novella by Tobias Wolff, first published in 1984. The story concerns paratroopers in training during the time of the Vietnam war.
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6. The Old Forest by Peter Taylor
 From the grand master of the American short story, these fourteen tales of domestic life in the South during the thirties and forties explore that extraordinary world of manners, expectations and u…
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7. World’s End by T. C. Boyle
 
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8. Soldiers in Hiding by Richard Wiley
 This remarkable novel is not only an imaginative work of the very highest order but a cross-cultural tour de force of extraordinary daring and vision. It begins in Tokyo in 1941, when Teddy Maki an…
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9. Dusk by James Salter
 
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10. Billy Bathgate by E. L. Doctorow
 Billy Bathgate is a 1989 novel by author E. L. Doctorow that won the 1989 National Book Critics Circle award for fiction for 1990 and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and was the runner up for t…
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11. Philadelphia fire by John Edgar Wideman
 
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12. Mao II by Don DeLillo
 A reclusive novelist named Bill Gray toils endlessly on a novel he can’t finish. After publishing two celebrated novels he is stuck perpetually editing and rewriting his much anticipated new work, …
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13. Postcards by E. Annie Proulx
 ards is E. Annie Proulx’s 1992 novel about the life and travels of Loyal Blood across the American West. The critically acclaimed predecessor to Proulx’s award-winning The Shipping News, it cuts be…
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14. Operation Shylock by Philip Roth
 Operation Shylock: A Confession is novelist Philip Roth’s 19th book and was published in 1993. The novel follows narrator “Philip Roth” on a journey to Israel where he attends the trial of accused …
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15. Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
 Set on the fictional San Piedro Island in the northern Puget Sound region of the state of Washington coast in 1954, the plot revolves around a murder case in which Kabuo Miyamoto, a Japanese Americ…
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16. Independence Day by Richard Ford
 Independence Day follows Frank Bascombe, a New Jersey real estate agent, through the titular holiday weekend as he visits his ex-wife, his troubled son, his current lover, the renters of one of his…
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17. The Bear Comes Home by Rafi Zabor
 The Bear Comes Home is a novel written by Rafi Zabor. It won the 1998 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. It was selected as an alternate for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. The novel tells …
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18. Women in Their Beds by Gina Berriault
 This remarkable collection received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Rea Award for the Short Story, a gold medal from the Commonwealth Club of Califor…
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19. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
 The Hours is a 1998 novel written by Michael Cunningham. It won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the 1999 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and was later made into an Oscar-winning 2002 movie of …
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20. Waiting by Ha Jin
 Waiting: a Novel is a novel by award-winning author Ha Jin. It received the 1999 National Book Award. Lin Kong (the protagonist), a soldier in the Revolutionary Army, finds himself waiting 18 years…
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21. The Human Stain by Philip Roth
 The Human Stain is set in 1990s America, the time of the culture wars, political correctness and the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal. The story is told by Nathan Zuckerman, a writer who lives …
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22. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
 Bel Canto is a 2001 novel by American author Ann Patchett, published by Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. It was awarded both the Orange Prize for Fiction and PEN/Faulkner Award fo…
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23. The Caprices by Sabina Murray
 Winner of the PEN/Faulkner award for fiction in 2003, The Caprices is a collection of stories artfully told across the theatre of the Pacific Campaign of World War II. An Anglo-Indian cavalryman, h…
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24. The Early Stories by John Updike
 This grand collection of 103 stories gathers together almost all the short fiction that Updike published between 1953 and 1975, beginning with “Ace in the Hole” and ending with “Love Song for a Moo…
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25. War Trash by Ha Jin
 War Trash is a novel by the Chinese author Ha Jin, who has long lived in the United States and who writes in English. It takes the form of a memoir written by the fictional character Yu Yuan, a man…
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26. The March by E. L. Doctorow
 Doctorow’s new novel is set towards the end of the American Civil War and follows General Sherman’s epic march with sixty thousand Union troops through Georgia and the Carolinas, one of the major m…
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27. Everyman by Philip Roth
 The book begins at the funeral of its protagonist. The remainder of the book, which ends with his death, looks mournfully back on episodes from his life, including his childhood in Elizabeth, New J…
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28. The Great Man by Kate Christensen
 The Great Man: A Novel is a 2007 novel by American author Kate Christensen. It won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, beating nearly 350 other submissions and earning Christensen the $15,000 …
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29. Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
 Netherland (2008) is a critically acclaimed novel by Joseph O’Neill. It concerns the life of a Dutchman living in New York in the wake of the September 11 attacks who takes up cricket and starts pl…
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30. War Dances by Sherman Alexie
 A bestselling collection of stories and poems from literary icon Sherman Alexie Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, War Dances blends short stories, poems, call-and-response, and more int…
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31. The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg: Stories by Deborah Eisenberg
 Twenty-seven short stories by “a contemporary master” (The New York Times). Since 1986 with the publication of her first story collection, Deborah Eisenberg has devoted herself to writing “exquisit…
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32. The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
 The Buddha in the Attic is a 2011 novel written by American author Julie Otsuka about Japanese picture brides immigrating to America in the early 1900s.
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33. Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
 Presents a collection of short stories about contradiction and conflict in the lives of those who reside on the border lands around the Rio Grande.
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34. We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
 Coming of age in middle America, 18-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of an endearing chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family …
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35. Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish
 Zou Lei is an illegal immigrant who works at a Chinese restaurant in Queens in search of a better life in the ‘Land of the Brave’. Brad Skinner has recently arrived in New York following a tour in …
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36. Delicious Foods by James Hannaham
 Held captive by her employers — and by her own demons — on a mysterious farm, a widow struggles to reunite with her young son in this uniquely American story of freedom, perseverance, and survival. D…
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