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Thursday, May 7, 2020

And the Pulitzer Prize for literature goes to...

The 2020 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction:

The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)

"A spare and devastating exploration of abuse at a reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida that is ultimately a powerful tale of human perseverance, dignity and redemption."

Here is my review of the book, which I read for book club in September of 2019. It was a hard book to read because the subject, based on facts, is very alarming and upsetting. But it is such a well-written, thoughtful book. It really mustn't be missed.

The Pulitzer Prize committee also named two finalists:

I adored this book. My review is here.
"Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. At the center of this past is the odd, but alluring Dutch house."
I haven't read this book yet, but it does sound compelling.
"This is the story of a family's struggles and strengths, and the challenge of raising a good son in a culture of toxic masculinity. It is also a riveting prehistory of the present: the collapse of public speech, the trolls and tyrants of the new right, and the ongoing crisis of identity among white men."

I always want to read the best of the best. Pulitzer Prize winning novels never seem to disappoint me.



  1. I'm happy that we read two of the books for BC. Should we consider the third one for our next set of books?

    1. I was pretty pleased that we had read the winner and one of the finalists, too. If you look at previous winners and finalists, we have a pretty good track record, reading at least one of the books for the past five or six years.

      I haven't read The Topeka School, but it does sound compelling, though it doesn't have the same high reviews as Dutch House and Nickel Boys on Goodreads. So I don't know what to think.

  2. I have Nickel Boys and I loved hearing the author speak, but I've yet to read the book.

  3. I really need to read this one.

  4. You must have some book club if you picked the winner plus a finalist to read. Nickel House looks like it would be a tough subject.

  5. I have Nickel Boys on my TBR shelf so know I'll get to it sooner or later. I was excited to see that it won the Pulitzer.

  6. I read all three of these last year .... and I thought Colson's was the winner in my mind. He deserved it more than the others. It's amazing he has won it Twice now, wow.


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