by Derek Spencer
The 2013 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced! Last year the board didn't award a prize for fiction, so it's great to see a novel recognized this year. Among the winners for 2013:
The Orphan Master's Son
by Adam Johnson
Reviewers say this meticulously researched novel gives readers a vital perspective into the lives of ordinary North Korean citizens. Propaganda, moral quandaries, and political intrigue abound. I haven't read this one yet, but I'm definitely putting it on the list.
Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
by Gilbert King
Devil in the Grove details the circumstances surrounding the trial of four young men falsely accused of rape in 1940s Florida. Thurgood Marshall (the lawyer who would later go on to win the landmark civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education) takes up their defense in the face of intense societal pressure and threats on his life.
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
by Tom Reiss
In The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas wrote some of the best-loved adventure stories of his time. It turns out Mr. Dumas had a fantastic model on whom to base his stories of derring-do: his father, a general in the French army. The Black Count details the exploits of the elder Dumas, a fascinating, principled man.
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See all the winners at the Pulitzer Prize website: