My phone is telling me about breaking news from The Washington Post. 2010 Pulitzer Prizes announced. Predictably, I go right for the fiction category. Tinkers by Paul Harding. Big wtf moment. I have obviously fallen completely out of touch. Never heard of this book but it does look promising. Published by Bellevue Literary Press which I also know nothing about.
Oh wait, here are the other nominees my bruised bookish ego sings. Will know something here.
Also nominated as finalists in this category were "Love in Infant Monkeys," by Lydia Millet (Soft Skull Press), an imaginative collection of linked stories, often describing a memorable encounter between a famous person and an animal, underscoring the human folly of longing for significance while chasing trifles; and “In Other Rooms, Other Wonders,” by Daniyal Mueenuddin (W.W. Norton & Company), a collection of beautifully crafted stories that exposes the Western reader to the hopes, dreams and dramas of an array of characters in feudal Pakistan, resulting in both an aesthetic and cultural achievement.
Or not. I typically do not rush to read prize winners, but this year might be the exception. Flamboozled. Must see why.
How about you? Read it? Any of them? If yes, help us all out here?