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