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Karen Joy Fowler has won the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, published in hardcover by Marian Wood/Putnam (5/30/13) and in trade paperback by Plume (2/25/14).  PEN judge Manuel Muñoz said, “Fowler captures an altogether new dimension of the meaning — and heartbreak — of family dynamics.” The $15,000 prize honors the best work of fiction published in the preceding year by an American.  The Washington Post  covered the announcement in Wednesday’s edition. This acclaimed novel has also been nominated for a Nebula Award, California Book Award and was named the Nashville Reads 2014 book selection.  It was launched with phenomenal review attention including a cover review in the New York Times Book Review by Barbara Kingsolver calling it “a novel so readably juicy and surreptitiously smart, it deserves all the attention it can get” as well praise in the Washington PostPeople Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, ELLE Magazine, Miami HeraldSeattle TimesO, The Oprah Magazine, Boston Globe, Vogue.com, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Fresh Air” and an interview on“Diane Rehm”.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is the powerful story of an American family, middle class in middle America, ordinary in every way but one.  Fowler tells the story of how one animal—the animal of man—can simultaneously destroy and expand our notion of what is possible.Fowler will be honored at the 34th annual PEN/Faulkner award ceremony on May 10 in Washington, D.C., along with the finalists, including Daniel Alarcón’s At Night We Walk in Circles (Riverhead), who each received $5,000.

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