Satirical novel The Great Man wins PEN/Faulkner award

Writer Kate Christensen of Williamsburg, N.Y., has won the PEN/Faulkner award for fiction, an annual award for American authors, for her novel The Great Man.

Writer Kate Christensen has won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, an annual prize for U.S. authors, for her novel The Great Man.

Writer Kate Christensen has won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her novel The Great Man. ((Doubleday/Associated Press))

The Great Man is a satire skewering the art world, biographers and the myth of greatness in artists.

Christensen, from Brooklyn, N.Y., will get $15,000 US with the honour, which was announced Wednesday by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation in New York.

She has written three previous novels, including The Epicure's Lament and In the Drink.

Other contenders for the prize were:

  • The Maytrees by Annie Dillard.
  • The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt.
  • The Gateway by T.M. McNally.
  • Chemistry and Other Stories by Ron Rash.

Christensen will be presented with the award at a ceremony at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., in May.

With files from the Associated Press