2010 Pulitzer Prize winners in letters and drama
"Tinkers" by Paul Harding surprised many by winning the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
The 2010 Pulitzer Prize winners in letters and drama have been announced and this time there is at least one surprise. The winner for fiction is "Tinkers," a debut novel by Paul Harding, published by a small press (Bellevue Literary Press).Skip to next paragraph
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It's not as if the book had no fans. Even before it hit bookstore shelves, Publishers Weekly was calling "Tinkers" "an especially gorgeous example of novelistic craftsmanship." And "Tinkers" did receive a handful of glowing reviews from some prescient critics. (The Dallas Morning News called it "Not a fast read, but a fascinating one" and the Hartford Courant said it "defies expectations and proves to be one of 2009's most intriguing debuts.")
But after speculation about better known writers (more likely candidates included bigger names like Colum McCann, winner of a National Book Award for "Let the Great World Spin," and Jayne Anne Phillips, NBA nominee for "Lark & Termite"), Harding's award came as a surprise to most.
The other 2010 Pulitzer winners in the letters category are writers already garnering wider audiences.
(for history) "Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World," by Liaquat Ahamed (The Penguin Press). The New York Times called this "A grand, sweeping narrative of immense scope and power" about "the West after World War I, a time of economic fragility, of bubbles followed by busts and of a cascading series of events that led to the Great Depression.... From a literary point of view ... [it] is a beautifully written book."