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Kate Christensen Wins the PEN/Faulkner

Kate Christensen is the winner of the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, for her novel The Great Man (Doubleday). From the Washington Post (“Behind Every Great Man . . . ” by Bob Thompson):

“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. 

The runners-up:

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)

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Keir Graff is the editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix.

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