Kelly Link Collection Get in Trouble is a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

Kelly Link Collection Get in Trouble is a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

Get in Trouble Kelly Link-smallKelly Link’s sixth collection, Get In Trouble, was listed as one of two finalists for the prestigious Pulitzer Prize.

The 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced yesterday by the Pulitzer Prize Board, including the award for fiction, “for distinguished fiction published in book form during the year by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.”

The winner was Viet Thanh Nguyen, for his novel The Sympathizer. The Board also recognized two finalists, the novel Maud’s Line by Margaret Verble, and Kelly Link’s short story collection Get in Trouble. In their commendation on the website, the Board described Get in Trouble like this:

A collection of short stories in which a writer with a fertile and often fabulist imagination explores inner lies and odd corners of reality.

Get in Trouble was published in hardcover by Random House February 3, 2015, and reprinted in paperback on February 9, 2016. It is 368 pages, priced at $16 for the trade paperback, and $11.99 for the digital version.

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James McGlothlin

This is huge news! Has anybody from the SF&F community ever been nominated for a Pulitzer before? Has anyone from SF&F community ever won it?

James McGlothlin

I just went and did a cursory search of past Pulitzer nominees and winners. Though I didn’t see any SF&F names in the winner category, I saw a few recognizable names among the finalists, such as Joyce Carol Oates and Michael Chabon.

Rich Horton

You could add Karen Russell, who should have won a few years ago for SWAMPLANDIA, as the other finalists should not have been eligible (one was a slight novella published years previously, the other an unfinished novel published posthumously) … in the end, no prize was given.

I am really thrilled for Kelly Link, and I think GET IN TROUBLE is an exceptional book. I don’t know anything (beyond what I’ve read) about the other books, so I can’t judge fairly whether or not it was jobbed (and, to be honest, at the highest levels, I think choosing one work of great art over another is pointless and all but meaningless).

Damien Moore

Kelly Link is an exceptional writer.

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