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Kate Christensen Wins 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award

Friday, March 14, 2008

Kate Christensen (MFA 1989), has been selected as the winner of the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, for her fourth novel, The Great Man.

Judges Molly Giles, Victor LaValle, and Richard Bausch selected The Great Man from a pool of almost 350 novels and short story collections by American authors published in the US during the 2007 calendar year. Submissions came from over 70 publishing houses, including small and academic presses

“I absolutely loved this book,” writes PEN/Faulkner Judge Molly Giles, “It is intelligent, consistently entertaining, and original.  It respects the vagaries of every character, catches the New York Scene it sets out to portray—and it has art and great food.”

Judge Victor LaValle agrees:  “Christensen clearly loves the women at the center of her novel, but that doesn’t mean she glosses over their flaws.  They’re defiant, infuriating, and alive.  And that’s what you ask of literature.”

The author of three previous novels, The Epicure’s Lament, Jeremy Thrane, and In the Drink, Kate Christensen’s essays and articles have appeared in numerous publications.  She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband. 

For more information:
Listen to Kate Christensen Reading from The Great Man on WSUI's "Live from Prairie Lights," 9/13/2007
PEN/Faulkner Foundation website