Karen Joy Fowler wins PEN/Faulkner

04/04/2014 12:15 PM

04/04/2014 12:17 PM

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.

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