Friday, April 16, 2010

Pulitzer Prize

For the second year in a row, a novel set in Maine has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

The 2010 winner is the debut novel  Tinkers by Paul Harding which was published by the small newcomer, Bellevue Literary Press.  This book flew so low under the radar that the New York Times never issued a review.

Tinkers tells the story of a man at the end of his life, confined by illness, and the journey his mind takes recalling the past.  It asks the question, where will our mind take us if we have time to contemplate our mortality?

Last year the Pulitzer Prize for fiction went to Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.  A meditation on life told through thirteen short stories interconnected by the title character, Olive.

Two great award winning books set in Maine.  We like this trend.

Tinkers and Olive Kitteridge are available now in paperback at Amazon.

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