The PEN/Faulkner award nominees have been announced, and - surprise! - Jonathan Franzen's Freedom was nowhere to be found on the list.
Here's what was on it:
A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg
Model Home, Eric Puchner
Aliens in the Primes of Their Lives, Brad Watson
The winner, who gets $15,000, will be announced March 15.
Bristol Palin just signed a book deal with William Morrow for a memoir entitled Not Afraid of Life, which is allegedly "an inside look at her life" that will include bits on coming of age in the political household of her mom, former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate; becoming a single mom; having a relationship with a knucklehead that broke up in public twice; and her DWTS appearances.
No word on what she'll get paid, according to the Associated Press, but the book is due out this summer.
“I just finished reading The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. I’ve read two other Highsmith books, The Talented Mr. Ripley and Strangers on a Train, and absolutely loved them. This isn’t a book to love, but it is a book to admire. It’s about a set designer, Therese, who works in a department store over the Christmas holiday. She falls in love with Carol, one of the customers . . . I loved entering the world of 1950s New York, and the scenes in the department store were particularly well-done.”
JESSICA BLAU, author of Drinking Closer to Home and The Summer of Naked Swim Parties