Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

awarded since 1980. The Novel category was re-named Fiction in 1947.

 

2014 selection

The Goldfinch: A Novel

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014

by Donna Tartt

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt...


2013 selection

The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2013

by Adam Johnson

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

In this epic, critically acclaimed tour de force, Adam Johnson provides a riveting portrait of a world rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen...


2011 selection

A Visit from the Goon Squad

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2011, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 2010, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 2010

by Jennifer Egan

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

National Book Critics Circle Award Winner

PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist

A New York Times Book Review Best Book

One of the Best Books of the Year: Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast,...


2009 selection

Olive Kitteridge: Fiction

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2009

by Elizabeth Strout

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

In a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives into a book with...


2008 selection

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2008, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 2007, Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2007

by Junot Diaz

Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most...


2006 selection

March

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2006

by Geraldine Brooks

From Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has animated the character of the absent father, March, and crafted a story "filled with the ache of love and marriage and with the power...


2005 selection

Gilead

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2005, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 2004

by Marilynne Robinson

2005 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction 2004 National Book Critics Circle Winner In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears....


2004 selection

The Known World

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2005, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2004, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 2003

by Edward P. Jones

In one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Edward P. Jones, two-time National Book Award finalist, tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of...


2003 selection

Middlesex

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2003

by Jeffrey Eugenides

A dazzling triumph from the bestselling author of The Virgin Suicides--the astonishing tale of a gene that passes down through three generations of a Greek-American family and flowers in the body of a teenage...


2002 selection

Empire Falls

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2002

by Richard Russo

Richard Russo—from his first novel, Mohawk, to his most recent, Straight Man—has demonstrated a peerless affinity for the human tragicomedy, and with this stunning new novel he extends even further his claims...


2001 selection

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (with bonus content): A Novel

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2001

by Michael Chabon

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

 

The beloved, award-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, a Michael Chabon masterwork, is the American epic of two boy geniuses named Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay....


2000 selection

Interpreter of Maladies

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2000, Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award 2000

by Jhumpa Lahiri

Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. In...


1999 selection

The Hours

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1999, PEN/Faulkner Award 1999

by Michael Cunningham

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel becomes a motion picture starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman, directed by Stephen Daldry from a screenplay by David Hare

The Hours tells the story of three...


1998 selection

American Pastoral

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1998

by Philip Roth

American Pastoral is the story of a fortunate American's rise and fall—of a strong, confident master of social equilibrium overwhelmed by the forces of social disorder. Seymour "Swede" Levov—a legendary...


1997 selection

Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1997

by Steven Millhauser

Young Martin Dressler begins his career as an industrious helper in his father's cigar store.  In the course of his restless young manhood, he makes a swift and eventful rise to the top, accompanied  by...


1996 selection

Independence Day

Bascombe Trilogy #2

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1996, PEN/Faulkner Award 1996

by Richard Ford

The Pulitzer-Prize Winning novel for 1996.In this visionary sequel to The Sportswriter, Richard Ford deepens his portrait of one of the most unforgettable characters in American fiction, and in so doing gives...


1995 selection

The Stone Diaries: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1995, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 1994

by Carol Shields & Penelope Lively

In celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of its original publication, Carol Shields's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is now available in a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition

ONE OF THE MOST successful and acclaimed...


1993 selection

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain: Stories

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1993

by Robert Olen Butler

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain is Robert Olen Butler’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of lyrical and poignant stories about the aftermath of the Vietnam War and its enduring...


1992 selection

A Thousand Acres: A Novel

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1992, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 1991

by Jane Smiley

A successful Iowa farmer decides to divide his farm between his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. This sets off a chain of events that brings dark truths to light and explodes...


1991 selection

Rabbit at Rest

Rabbit Angstrom #4

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1991, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 1990

by John Updike

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Howells Medal, and the National Book Critics Circle Award

 

In John Updike’s fourth and final novel about Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, the hero has acquired a Florida condo,...


1989 selection

Breathing Lessons: A Novel

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1989

by Anne Tyler

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Anne Tyler's The Beginner's Goodbye.

Maggie and Ira Moran have been married for twenty-eight years–and it shows: in their quarrels, in their routines, in their ability...


1988 selection

Beloved

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1988

by Toni Morrison

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped...


1986 selection

Lonesome Dove: A Novel

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1986

by Larry Mcmurtry

A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize— winning classic, Lonesome Dove, the third book in the Lonesome Dove tetralogy, is the grandest novel ever written...


1982 selection

Rabbit Is Rich

Rabbit Angstrom #3

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1982, National Book Award for Fiction 1982, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 1981

by John Updike

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award

 

The hero of John Updike’s Rabbit, Run, ten years after the events of Rabbit Redux, has come to enjoy considerable...


1981 selection

A Confederacy of Dunces

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1981

by John Kennedy Toole & Walker Percy

A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole’s hero is one Ignatius J. Reilly, “huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, and a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French...


1980 selection

The Executioner's Song

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1980

by Norman Mailer & Dave Eggers

Norman Mailer's Pulitzer Prize-winning and unforgettable classic about convicted killer Gary Gilmore now in a brand-new edition.

Arguably the greatest book from America's most heroically ambitious writer, THE...


1979 selection

The Stories of John Cheever

National Book Award for Fiction 1981, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1979, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 1978

by John Cheever

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

When The Stories of John Cheever was originally published, it became an immediate national bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize.  In the years since, it has...


1973 selection

The Optimist's Daughter

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1973

by Eudora Welty

This story of a young woman's confrontation with death and her past is a poetic study of human relations.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


1972 selection

Angle of Repose

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1972

by Wallace Stegner & Jackson Benson

Stegner's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of personal, historical, and geographic discovery

Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling...


1969 selection

House Made of Dawn

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1969

by N. Scott Momaday

The magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of a stranger in his native land

A young Native American, Abel has come home from a foreign war to find himself caught between two worlds. The first is the world of...


1967 selection

The Fixer

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1967, National Book Award for Fiction 1967

by Bernard Malamud & Jonathan Safran Foer

The Fixer is the winner of the 1967 National Book Award for Fiction and the 1967 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The Fixer (1966) is Bernard Malamud's best-known and most acclaimed novel -- one that makes manifest...


1963 selection

The Reivers

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1963

by William Faulkner

One of Faulkner's comic masterpieces, The Reivers is a picaresque that tells of three unlikely car thieves from rural Mississippi. Eleven-year-old Lucius Priest is persuaded by Boon Hogganbeck, one of his family's...


1958 selection

A Death in the Family

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1958

by James Agee

The classic American novel, re-published for the 100th anniversary of James Agee?s birth

Published in 1957, two years after its author?s death at the age of forty-five, A Death in the Family remains a near-perfect...


1955 selection

A Fable

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1955, National Book Award for Fiction 1955

by William Faulkner

This novel won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 195. An allegorical story of World War I, set in the trenches in France and dealing ostensibly with a mutiny in a French regiment, it was...


1952 selection

The Caine Mutiny: A Novel of World War II

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1952

by Herman Wouk

The Novel that Inspired the Now-Classic Film The Caine Mutiny and the Hit Broadway Play The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life-and mutiny-on a Navy...


1947 selection

All the King's Men

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1947

by Robert Penn Warren

"Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Robert Penn Warren's tale of ambition and power set in the Depression–era South is widely considered the finest novel ever written about American politics.

All the King's Men...


1942 selection

In This Our Life

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1942

by , Ellen Glasgow

This early work by Ellen Glasgow is both expensive and hard to find in its first edition. It is a fictional story of two sisters and their trials and tribulations in love and life. This is a fascinating work...


1940 selection

The Grapes of Wrath

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1940

by John Steinbeck

The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized-and sometimes outraged-millions of readers.

First published in 1939, Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression...


1937 selection

Gone with the Wind

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1937

by Margaret Mitchell & Pat Conroy

Since its original publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind—winner of the Pulitzer Prize and one of the bestselling novels of all time—has been heralded by readers everywhere as The Great American Novel.

Widely...


1930 selection

Laughing Boy: A Navajo Love Story

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1930

by Oliver La Farge

Capturing the essence of the Southwest in 1915, Oliver La Farge's Pulitzer Prize-winning first novel is an enduring American classic. At a ceremonial dance, the young, earnest silversmith Laughing Boy falls...


1925 selection

So Big

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1925

by Edna Ferber

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and widely considered to be Edna Ferber's greatest achievement, So Big is a classic novel of turn-of-the-century Chicago. It is the unforgettable story of Selina Peake DeJong, a...


1923 selection

One of Ours

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1923

by Willa Cather

Claude Wheeler craves excitement, far more than he can ever find as a farmer's son. He encounters more at university, where the modern world beyond farm life offers new thrills and challenges, only to lose them...

1922 selection

Alice Adams

1921 selection

The Age of Innocence

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1921

by Edith Wharton

The Age of Innocence centers on one society couple's impending marriage and the introduction of a scandalous woman whose presence threatens their happiness. Though the novel questions the assumptions and mores...

1919 selection

The Magnificent Ambersons

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1919

by Newton Booth Tarkington

The Magnificent Ambersons is a 1918 novel by Booth Tarkington which won the 1919 Pulitzer Prize. It was the second novel in the Growth trilogy, which included The Turmoil (1915) and The Midlander (1923, retitled...

1918 selection

His Family