I can honestly say that I am quite disappointed with the individual chosen for the fiction Pulitzer Prize. Oh, wait, there isn’t a winner! As a fiction writer, I have to say… Ouch. The article stated that there were three finalists chosen, but apparently they weren’t able to decide just which one was the most-deserving of the prize.
In a way, I’m at a loss for words. If it were me, I would certainly consider it an honor to be one of the top three finalists. However, I would be more than disappointed if they simply couldn’t decide on a winner, and just decided, “eh, I guess we just won’t pick one. Maybe next year.”
I suppose it isn’t all bad, though. If these three books were so good that the judges couldn’t pick which of the three was the very best, I would be pretty excited. So, I suppose congratulations are in order for:
“‘Train Dreams,’ by Denis Johnson(Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a novella about a day laborer in the old American West, bearing witness to terrors and glories with compassionate, heartbreaking calm; ‘Swamplandia!’ by Karen Russell (Alfred A. Knopf), an adventure tale about an eccentric family adrift in its failing alligator-wrestling theme park, told by a 13-year-old heroine wise beyond her years; and ‘The Pale King,’ by the late David Foster Wallace (Little, Brown and Company), a posthumously completed novel, animated by grand ambition, that explores boredom and bureaucracy in the American workplace.” (Source)
Well done, writers!