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Best Pulitzer Fiction Books to Master Your Skills

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Pulitzer Fiction books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Imagine Me Gone (2017)

Best Pulitzer Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsWINNER of the LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FINALIST for the NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDFINALIST for the KIRKUS PRIZELONG-LISTED for the ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL When Margaret’s fiancé, John, is hospitalized for depression in 1960s London, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans despite what she now knows of his condition, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him. Imagine Me Gone is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith. At the heart of it is their eldest son, Michael, a…
Author(s): Adam Haslett

2. Gilead: A Novel (2006)

Best Pulitzer Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsNearly 25 years after Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson returns with an intimate tale of three generations, from the Civil War to the 20th century: a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America’s heart. In the words of Kirkus, it is a novel “as big as a nation, as quiet as thought, and moving as prayer. Matchless and towering.” Gilead tells the story of America and will break your heart….
Author(s): Marilynne Robinson

3. Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel (2018)

Best Pulitzer Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsA New York Times Notable Book of 2017 “I could not love LESS more.”–Ron Charles, Who says you can’t run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can’t say yes–it would be too awkward–and you can’t say no–it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. : How do you arrange to skip town? : You accept them all.What would possibly go wrong? Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost…
Author(s): Andrew Sean Greer

4. My Antonia: Introduction by Jane Smiley (Vintage Classics) (2018)

Best Pulitzer Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsThis 100th Anniversary Edition of Willa Cather’s masterpiece a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Jane Smiley.In this symphonically powerful and magnificently observed novel, Cather created one of the most winning heroines in American fiction, a woman whose calm, undemonstrative strength and robust high spirits make her emblematic of the virtues Cather most admired in her country. Ántonia Shimerda is the daughter of Bohemian immigrant parents struggling with the oceanic loneliness of life on the Nebraska prairie. Through the eyes of Jim…
Author(s): Willa Cather

5. The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) (2015)

Best Pulitzer Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsTheo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by a longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into a wealthy and insular art community.As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty…
Author(s): Donna Tartt

6. The Overstory: A Novel (2019)

Best Pulitzer Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsWinner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction Shortlisted for the Man Booker PrizeNew York Times Bestseller A New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post, Time, Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018 “The best novel ever written about trees, and really just one of the best novels, period.” ―Ann PatchettThe Overstory, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of―and paean to―the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers’s twelfth novel unfolds in…
Author(s): Richard Powers

7. The Keepers of the House (2003)

Best Pulitzer Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsWinner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1965, is Shirley Ann Grau’s masterwork, a many-layered indictment of racism and rage that is as terrifying as it is wise.Entrenched on the same land since the early 1800s, the Howlands have, for seven generations, been pillars of their Southern community. Extraordinary family lore has been passed down to Abigail Howland, but not all of it. When shocking facts come to light about her late grandfather William’s relationship with Margaret Carmichael, a black housekeeper, the community is outraged, and quickly gathers to vent its fury on…
Author(s): Shirley Ann Grau

8. Ordinary Grace (2014)

Best Pulitzer Fiction Books to Master Your Skills“That was it. That was all of it. A grace so ordinary there was no reason at all to remember it. Yet I have never across the forty years since it was spoken forgotten a single word.” New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson’s Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed…
Author(s): William Kent Krueger

9. The Nightingale: A Novel (2017)

Best Pulitzer Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsFrance, 1939 – In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France … but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family…
Author(s): Kristin Hannah

10. The Return (Pulitzer Prize Winner): Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between (2017)

Best Pulitzer Fiction Books to Master Your Skills• When Hisham Matar was a nineteen-year-old university student in England, his father went missing under mysterious circumstances. Hisham would never see him again, but he never gave up hope that his father might still be alive. Twenty-two years later, he returned to his native Libya in search of the truth behind his father’s disappearance. The Return is the story of what he found there. The Pulitzer Prize citation hailed The Return as “a first-person elegy for home and father.” Transforming his personal quest for answers into a brilliantly told universal tale of hope and resilience, Matar has given us…
Author(s): Hisham Matar

11. All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel (2017)

Best Pulitzer Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsFrom the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry…
Author(s): Anthony Doerr

12. To Kill a Mockingbird (2005)

Best Pulitzer Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsVoted America’s Best-Loved Novel in PBS’s The Great American ReadHarper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatredOne of the most cherished stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country….
Author(s): Harper Lee

13. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (2011)

Best Pulitzer Fiction Books to Master Your Skills     From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves. With stunning historical detail, Wilkerson tells this story through the lives of three unique individuals: Ida Mae Gladney, who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in…
Author(s): Isabel Wilkerson

14. There There (2019)

Best Pulitzer Fiction Books to Master Your Skills  “Powerful. . . . There There has so much jangling energy and brings so much news from a distinct corner of American life that it’s a revelation.” —The New York Times Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Among them is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, pulling his life together after his uncle’s death and working at the powwow to honor his memory….
Author(s): Tommy Orange

15. Beloved (1991)

Best Pulitzer Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsStaring 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 to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, is a towering achievement. #205,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)…
Author(s): Toni Morrison

The Pulitzer Prize has been awarded by Columbia University each spring since 1917. The awards are chosen by a board of jurors for Journalism, Letters, Music and Drama. The awards for Letters include Nonfiction, Poetry, Biography or Autobiography, History, and Fiction. Miriam: Let us all be vigilant in making sure non-Pulitzers are excised from this list when those books crop up. But in order to do that, we need to make ourselves aware of what the Pulitzer-winners are and when the Pulitzer began, for it wasn’t in 1948, as you’ve said, but rather 1917, with the first prize to a work of fiction given in 1918. For distinguished fiction published in book form during the year by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000). Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, by Dan Fagin (Bantam Books) A book that deftly combines investigative reporting and historical research to probe a New Jersey seashore town’s cluster of childhood cancers linked to water and air pollution. The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is one of the seven American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Letters, Drama, and Music. It recognizes distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, published during the preceding calendar year.

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Chronicle of the Pulitzer Prizes for fiction : discussions, decisions, and documents

Author(s): Fischer, Heinz Dietrich; Fischer, Erika J
Publisher: K.G. Saur, Year: 2007, Size: 11 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1429445

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really record-breakers according to The New York Times, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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