Pulitzer Prizes: A Guide to the Winning Books and Finalists
Louise Erdrich won the fiction prize for her novel “The Night Watchman.” Here are the 2021 contenders for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, history and biography.
Fifteen books were recognized as winners or finalists for the Pulitzer Prize on Friday, in the categories of fiction, general history, biography, poetry and general nonfiction This novel follows members of the Chippewa in the 1950s, as Congress weighs a bill to “emancipate” Indigenous people from their lands and their tribal affiliations. The title character was modeled after Erdrich’s grandfather, who sent voluminous letters to Washington in an effort to save his tribe. Our reviewer called the book “a magisterial epic that brings her power of witness to every page.” Finalist: “A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth,” by Daniel Mason (Little, Brown) Mason spent 15 years working on this collection of short fiction, with stories set in far-flung places like the Malay Archipelago, the outer limits of the atmosphere, an asylum on the edge of Rio de Janeiro. “The grand pleasures of fiction are all here: rich, cushioning detail; vivid characters delivering decisive action; …
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