The 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced yesterday. This year’s fiction winner?
That’s right, the selection committee chose not to award a fiction prize, which has raised unanswered questions. Is the committee’s decision an indictment of contemporary American fiction? Was the committee unable to agree on a title? And, why offer an annual prize then decide not to award it? Laura Miller served on the selection committee two years ago and provides insight into the process in her recent piece in Salon. Unless, a committee member breaks rank, we will not know the behind-the-scenes machinations.
The committee did present three finalists, although the prestige of finalist is certainly undercut by all being deemed insufficient for the win. I assure you all three novels are good and all three would have been worthy winners.
The 2012 Pulitzer finalists for fiction:
The Austin Public Library owns numerous copies of all three and judging by their demand, they are popular books in Austin, Texas.