Book news

Karen Joy Fowler wins PEN/Faulkner

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.

A novel about a 1970s Midwestern family with a most unusual sibling, Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, has won the PEN/Faulkner prize for fiction.

The $15,000 award was announced by the directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, Susan Richards Shreve and Robert Stone. The other four finalists, Daniel Alarcon, Percival Everett, Valerie Trueblood and Joan Silber, each receive $5,000.

Fowler is best known for her novel The Jane Austen Book Club. Previous PEN/Faulkner winners include Philip Roth, Ann Patchett and Sherman Alexie.

‘Divergent’ a hit

Good news for novelist Veronica Roth: Divergent is a hit at the box office and a blockbuster at book stores.

A spokeswoman for HarperCollins Children’s Books said that the young adult series set in a dystopian future has been selling 500,000 copies a week over the past three weeks. The movie, based on the first book and starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet, was released March 21 and has already made almost $100 million.

The first Divergent book was published in 2011, and total sales for the series now exceed 18 million copies.

Read more Books stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category