Some award winners for fiction in 2014 include Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch,” Phil Klay’s “Redeployment” and Marilynne Robinson’s “Lila.” These books won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, respectively.
Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch” arrived more than a decade after her previous novel, but the book immediately thrust her back into the literary spotlight, winning rave reviews and the Pulitzer Prize. More than 700 pages long, the epic novel tells the story of Theo Decker, a New York antique dealer whose life is forever altered by the death of his mother when he was a child. Jumping between different time periods and cities, the novel ruminates on art, friendship and the nature of appearance.
U.S. Marine Corp veteran Phil Klay won the National Book Award for “Redeployment,” a collection of interlinked stories focusing on military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. Moving between soldiers, chaplains, mortuary workers and bureaucrats, Klay’s kaleidoscopic collection examines the emotional and psychological effects of U.S. warfare both abroad and at home.
Marilynne Robinson’s novel “Gilead” won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005, and she revisits the book’s pastoral small town setting for “Lila,” winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. The book’s eponymous protagonist is a homeless drifter whose life is changed forever when she stumbles into a church seeking shelter. Lila marries a minister, but her newfound security is not enough to erase the confusing legacy of her past.