My attempt to read Pulitzer Prize Fiction Winners

I thought of doing a Pulitzer challenge because a part of me loves to try something, to prove to myself that I can.

This thought came to mind three years ago, but like everything else, it was overtaken by other important and utterly unimportant things like tweeting and posting photos on Instagram…well, I digress, so let’s get into it!

Pulitzer Books I’ve read:

  • 2007: The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • 2002: Empire Falls by Richard Russo & semi-finalist: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  • 2001: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  • 1999: The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  • 1992: A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  • 1988: Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • 1983: The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • 1980: The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer (the first book I ever read off this list and still remains my absolute favorite!)
  • 1961: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • 1953: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (the shortest yet very symbolic of the all the Pulitzer titles)

Like every award, I’m fascinated by some things I found out like:

Colson Whitehead has won this title twice: this year (2020) for The NickelBoys and in 2017 for The UnderGround Railroad

There were no awards given in 1964 & 2012

I just bought two more titles that I hope to add to my “Read” list come December and they are:

  • 2005: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  • 1994: The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

I’ll probably rest easy having read Colson Whitehead’s books just because he won the award twice and Stardust says that he’s one of those writers who move you without having to move you, and I don’t know whether he’s a major fan or whether he is just pulling my leg because he’s refused to lend me his copy of The Underground Railroad.

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