The PEN/Faulkner Foundation has announced that James Hannaham is the winner of this year’s PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction for his book Delicious Foods. The annual award honors excellence in American fiction. Hannaham and the other four finalists for the award will be recognized at a ceremony and dinner on May 14th in Washington, DC. Booklist reviewer Lynn Weber had this to say about Delicious Foods:
If The Great Gatsby was the Great American Novel of the twentieth century, Delicious Foods could be that of the early twenty-first. The hero is not a rich white man but a poor black kid in the South, Eddie, whose young life unravels when his activist father is murdered. . . . The writing makes it “great,” and the themes of pain, forgiveness, exploitation, and self-creation make it American. It is simply unmissable.
The other four finalists for the award are listed below, with links to Booklist reviews when available. You can read the full announcement (and find more information on both the award and the foundation) at the PEN/Faulkner Foundation’s website.
Mendocino Fire, by Elizabeth Tallent
Mr. and Mrs. Doctor, by Julie Iromuanya
The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Water Museum, by Luis Alberto Urrea