2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

War Dances book coverCongratulations to Sherman Alexie‘s War Dances, the newly announced winner of the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award!  In making the announcement, the judges drew attention to “the caring, eye-opening beauty of this rollicking, bittersweet gem of a book.”  War Dances is a collection of inventive stories that skillfully explore the themes of love, betrayal, family relationships, race, and class.  Also honored were finalists The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories by Lorraine M. LópezA Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore, and Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead.  The PEN/Faulkner Foundation was named for William Faulkner, who used his Nobel Prize funds to create a fund for young authors.