Jennifer Egan Grabs 2011 Pulitzer for ‘Goon Squad’

Cover ImageThe winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was awarded to Jennifer Egan for her novel A Visit From the Goon Squad. The Pulitzer site calls Goon Squad “an inventive investigation of growing up and growing old in the digital age, displaying a big-hearted curiosity about cultural change at warp speed.”

The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (originally called the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel) is awarded to an American author for distinguished fiction, preferably dealing with American life.

Egan, who already won the National Book Critics Circle award earlier this year for Goon Squad, told WSJ’s Speakeasy, “It’s absolutely nutty to win something like this. I feel weird. I wish I had something more articulate to say.” Egan added that the Pulitzer committee has “been really eclectic in their choices” and that “they’ve honored a pretty wide spectrum of books.” Last year’s Pulitzer went to Paul Harding for his quiet work Tinkers.

Winning the prestigious Prize is invaluable in terms of promotion and notoriety for Egan. Founded on the principles of journalist Joseph Pulitzer, the Prize was established to recognize excellence in letters. Not only will Egan take home $10,000 in prize money, but more importantly, she will join a long list of distinguished authors in the Fiction category dating back to 1948.

Famed authors such as Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Harper Lee, and Alice Walker are but a few of the weighty Fiction Prize recipients who dot the Pulitzer timeline.

-Post by Megan Shaffer

Related Links

– Egan’s author page and related links at Random House review of Visit From the Goon Squad