Posts under ‘Pulitzer Prize’

The Good Earth by Pearl Buck

  Source: Personal copy Winner of 1932 Pulitzer Prize Pearl Buck won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938 Five words from the blurb: China, farmer, changes, wealth, family The Good Earth is set in pre-revolutionary China and shows how the fortune of farming families is dependent on the weather, good planning, and the whims […]

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Winner of the 1939 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Five words from the blurb: Florida, swamp, dangerous, life, survival The Yearling won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1939. I hadn’t heard of it until I stumbled across a mention of the author in a Florida guidebook, but as I always like to read books set […]

Two Literary Prizes

The 2013 Women’s Fiction Prize Shortlist The shortlist for the 2013 Women’s Fiction Prize was announced this morning. I wasn’t surprised to see any of the books on the list, as all are strong enough to justify their place, but I was sad that the list consisted of so many well-known authors.  Many of the […]

So Big by Edna Ferber

 Winner of 1924 Pulitzer Prize Five words from the blurb: Chicago, society, Illinois, farmers, ideals Selina Peake, the central character in So Big, is one of the strongest women in literature. After the death of her father, a gambler who always looked for the most exciting things life had to offer, Selina moves to Illinois to become […]

A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan

Winner of 2011 Pulitzer PrizeLonglisted for 2011 Orange PrizeWinner of 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award Five words from the blurb: popular, humourous, lives, interact, loss A Visit from the Goon Squad seems to have won more awards than any other book this year. There is no question that it is a groundbreaking novel (how many […]

Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurtry

 Winner of the 1985 Pulitzer Prize What an epic! I am really pleased that after nearly three months I finally made it to the end of this massive book. I originally started reading Lonesome Dove as part of Amy’s readalong, but unfortunately I failed to keep up with everyone else and so had to make do with reading […]