Nicole Dennis-Benn’s Patsy is on the PEN/Faulkner Award 2020 longlist announced on February 7, 2020.
The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a US prize that honours the best-published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year. Three writers are chosen annually by the directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation to serve as judges for the prize, and these judges are asked to select five books as finalists for the award, making this the largest peer-juried award in the country. Both the eventual winner of the award and all finalists are invited to Washington, DC for the PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony and Dinner.
To honour the 40th anniversary of the award, today the judges are releasing a longlist of “the 10 most significant books published in 2019.” They are;
- The Bird King, by G. Willow Wilson.
- The Night Swimmers, by Peter Rock.
- On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong.
- Patsy, by Nicole Dennis-Benn.
- A People’s History of Heaven, by Mathangi Subramanian.
- Sea Monsters, by Chloe Aridjis.
- Sing to It: New Stories, by Amy Hempel.
- The Topeka School, by Ben Lerner.
- We Cast a Shadow, by Maurice Carlos Ruffin.
- Where Reasons End, by Yiyun Li.
— Nicole Dennis-Benn (@ndennis_benn) February 7, 2020
The winner will be announced on May 4, 2020.