Elizabeth STROUT wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
MAINE-BORN Elizabeth Strout has won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, it was announced on April 20, 2009, for her “novel in stories,” Olive Kitteridge (Random House, 2008), a collection of 13 interconnected stories about a crusty retired schoolmistress in small-town Maine. Olive Kitteridge was also shortlisted for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Strout’s first novel, Amy and Isabelle (1999), won the 1999 Los Angeles Times/Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2000 Orange Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Her second novel, Abide With Me, was published in 2006.
The two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction were Louise Erdrich for The Plague of Doves (HarperCollins, 2008) and Christine Schutt for All Souls (Houghton Mifflin, 2008).
Photograph of Elizabeth Strout courtesy of Miriam Berkley