The 2020 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction:
"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.