Pulitzer Prize Finalists (Fiction)

I always think finalists get the bum end of the deal. Sure, they are recognized for their great work, but everything is subjective. I’ve read some amazing finalist work that I think is better than the winners. So, here is my ode to finalists of Pulitzer Prize fiction. The ones that have strikethroughs, I have read. Feel free to use these lists any way you want to!

Pulitzer Prize Finalists (Fiction)
2013 What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander
2013 The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
2012 Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
2012 Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
2012 The Pale King by the late David Foster Wallace
2011 The Privileges by Jonathan Dee
2011 The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee
2010 Love in Infant Monkeys by Lydia Millet
2010 In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
2009 The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
2009 All Souls by Christine Schutt
2008 Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson
2008 Shakespeare’s Kitchen by Lore Segal
2007 After This by Alice McDermott
2007 The Echo Maker by Richard Powers
2006 The March by E.L. Doctorow
2006 The Bright Forever by Lee Martin
2005 War Trash by Ha Jin
2005 An Unfinished Season by Ward Just
2004 American Woman by Susan Choi
2004 Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins
2003 Servants of the Map: Stories by Andrea Barrett
2003 You Are Not a Stranger Here by Adam Haslett
2002 The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
2002 John Henry Days by Colson Whitehead
2001 Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates
2001 The Quick and the Dead by Joy Williams
2000 Close Range: Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx
2000 Waiting by Ha Jin
1999 Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks
1999 The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
1998 Underworld by Don DeLillo
1998 Bear and His Daughter: Stories by Robert Stone
1997 Unlocking the Air and Other Stories by Ursula K. LeGuin
1997 The Manikin by Joanna Scott
1996 Mr. Ives’ Christmas by Oscar Hijuelos
1996 Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth
1995 What I Lived For by Joyce Carol Oates
1995 The Collected Stories by Grace Paley
1994 The Collected Stories by Reynolds Price
1994 Operation Shylock: A Confession by Philip Roth
1993 At Weddings and Wakes by Alice McDermott
1993 Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates
1992 Mao II by Don DeLillo
1992 Jernigan by David Gates
1992 Lila: An Inquiry into Morals by Robert M. Pirsig
1991 Mean Spirit by Linda Hogan
1991 The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
1990 Billy Bathgate by E.L. Doctorow
1989 Where I’m Calling From by the late Raymond Carver
1988 Persian Nights by Diane Johnson
1988 That Night by Alice McDermott
1987 Paradise by Donald Barthelme
1987 Whites by Norman Rush
1986 Continental Drift by Russell Banks
1986 The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
1985 I Wish This War Were Over by Diana O’Hehir
1985 Leaving the Land by Douglas Unger
1984 The Feud by Thomas Berger
1984 Cathedral by Raymond Carver
1983 Rabbis and Wives by the late Chaim Grade
1983 Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
1982 Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
1982 A Flag for Sunrise by Robert Stone
1981 Godric by Frederick Buechner
1981 So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell
1980 The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth
1980 Birdy by William Wharton


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