“I’m really shocked,” she said in a telephone interview. To her, an award like the PEN/Faulkner “always seemed unattainable.” Among other reasons, in the 28 years it has existed, only four other women have won.
“It’s me and John Updike and Philip Roth. I was like, do women actually win this thing?” Christensen joked.
From Donna Seaman’s Booklist review:
Christensen’s arch and gratifying novel (think Margaret Drabble) pairs the ridiculous with the sublime, and reminds us that nothing human is simply black or white.
Annie Dillard, The Maytrees (HarperCollins)
David Leavitt, The Indian Clerk (Bloomsbury)
T. M. McNally, The Gateway: Stories (Southern Methodist)
Ron Rash, Chemistry and Other Stories (Picador)