Sunday, April 14, 2013

Pulitzer Fiction, Making My Predictions

It's almost Pulitzer time again, and I hope things don't go the way they did last year.  If they do, it might just break my reading mainspring forever.  I can see myself on the subway, staring vacantly ahead, a bit of drool gathering...but no.  No. Things won't go that way again.  We will have a new Pulitzer for fiction.

Which book will I be adding to my collection?  As always, I can't just sit still in my fancy dress clothes, my hands neatly folded in my lap, waiting for the announcement.  No, I must predict; the compulsion is too strong.

I'm going with Canada by Richard Ford.  It's true that Ford won back in 1996 for Independence Day, but  in the past, the Pulitzer committee has honored authors more than once. Ford is solid. Canada was one of my favorite reads in 2012.

If Canada doesn't win, I won't be unhappy if The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson gets the award instead.  I haven't read it yet, but I've heard nothing but good things, and it's got my endorsement because of the Korea connection.  If it's on their shortlist, I hope the committee wouldn't get all cringe-y and self-conscious about choosing a book that takes place in a country that's all over the news these days and decide to pass it up.

The awards will be announced at 3 pm on Monday, April 15, which is 5 am on Tuesday, April 16 for me because of the time difference.  I hope I can sleep.  I'll be excited and worried until I hear that a book has been chosen.


The Relentless Reader said...

I haven't read Canada. I probably should! I did read The Orphan Master's Son and really enjoyed it :) If they don't award the prize this year I'll be drooling right along with you!

Kathleen said...

I am looking forward to hearing who the winner is.

ettible said...

Thanks for what I'm essentially using as recommendations! Adding these to my list.

Book Worm Rebel said...

good prediction!! orphan master's son!