2018 PEN / Faulkner Award Finalists Announced

PEN / Faulkner has announced the five finalists for its 2018 award, linked below to their Booklist reviews when available. First given in 1981, this notable fiction award has recognized authors like Philip Roth, Michael Cunningham, and Ha Jin. This year’s winner will be awarded the final prize at the 38th Annual PEN / Faulkner Award Ceremony on May 5th. For more information, click here.


The Dark Dark, by Samantha Hunt

Improvement, by Joan Silber

In the Distance, by Hernan Diaz

Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward

The Tower of the Antilles, by Achy Obejas





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is currently a publishing intern for Booklist. After graduating from the University of Iowa Undergrad Writers' Program, she was an editorial apprentice at The Onion and began writing book reviews for The A.V Club. Elena reports on comedy for Chicago Mag and continues to appreciate what dogs and good movie theater seats can do for this world.

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