The winners of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize were announced today. If you would like to view the entire list of winners click here: http://www.pulitzer.org/. Of most interest to me - and I would think to anyone who reads this blog - would be the Fiction winner.
This year's winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. This novel has been on my to-be-read pile for awhile now. Since I haven't read it and therefore don't have a review, here is a review from Amazon.com:
"It's been 11 years since Junot Díaz's critically acclaimed story collection, Drown, landed on bookshelves and from page one of his debut novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, any worries of a sophomore jinx disappear. The titular Oscar is a 300-pound-plus "lovesick ghetto nerd" with zero game (except for Dungeons & Dragons) who cranks out pages of fantasy fiction with the hopes of becoming a Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien. The book is also the story of a multi-generational family curse that courses through the book, leaving troubles and tragedy in its wake. This was the most dynamic, entertaining, and achingly heartfelt novel I've read in a long time. My head is still buzzing with the memory of dozens of killer passages that I dog-eared throughout the book. The rope-a-dope narrative is funny, hip, tragic, soulful, and bursting with desire. Make some room for Oscar Wao on your bookshelf--you won't be disappointed."