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"Netherland" wins PEN/Faulkner

Netherl 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.

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eileen

i don't understand a damn thing about cricket no matter how hard i try, but i loved this book!

Chauncey Mabe

Price would have gotten my vote, too.

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