Irish-born Joseph O'Neill has won this year's PEN/Faulkner award for his novel Netherland, a novel set in post 9/11 New York that has drawn plenty of comparisons to The Great Gatsby. Even more shocking, there is apparently quite a bit of cricket - the game, not the insect - in the book, and yet Americans are apparently reading it anyway. Imagine.
O'Neill gets prestige - and $15,000.
The four finalists: Richard Price and Lush Life (I would've given it to you, Richard); Sarah Shun-Lien Bynam and Ms. Hempel Chronicles; Susan Choi and A Person of Interest; Ron Rash and Serena.
Read more about O'Neill - and the prize - here.