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1965 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner

The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau


Publisher: Louisiana State University Press

Length: 309 pages

About: Mississippi Family Struggles During Segregation

Style: 1st person

Where: US (Mississippi)

When: 1900s-1950s



Publisher’s synopsis:

Set in rural Alabama and covering seven generations of the Howland family that lived in the same house and built a community around themselves. As such, it is a metaphor for the long-established families of the Deep South of the United States, their encounter with changing values and norms, and the hypocrisy of racism.



Everyone tells stories around here. Every place, every person has a ring of stories around them, like a halo almost. People have told me tales ever since I was a tiny girl squatting in the front dooryard, in mud-caked overalls, digging for doodlebugs. They have talke to me and talked to me. Some I’ve forgotten, but most I remember. And so my memory goes back before my birth.




Miss Grau has little mercy for the feint-hearted, and even her style, flamboyant and lovingly detailed, yet calculated to bring the reader up sharply with a caustic little statement of fact, reveals the bold and intelligent writer she can be.

Times Literary Supplement 15th October 1964


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About the author

Born July 8, 1929 in New Orleans, her work is set primarily in the Deep South, and explores issues of race and gender. She spent much of her childhood in rural Alabama with her mother. She graduated in 1950 from Newcomb College of Tulane University.













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2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

It's a massive day in arts and journalism because the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were just announced, and there's a big surprise. 2015's best artistic and nonfiction writing across 21 categories were recognized during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hebert Bayward Swope, a reporter for The New York World, in 1916. (And if you're as big a fan of Newsies as I am, that paper should ring a bell, but try to think of it more positively.)

The major prize for book nerds, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press), a legitimate surprise, if you've been paying attention to the book nerd and industry buzz. The feeling around the prize in the last few months would have you putting all your hard-earned cash down on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara to take home the award, but that's why you should never gamble. Viet Thanh Nguyen is no less deserving, and moreover, it's his debut novel, which makes it such a wonderful win.

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