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2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner

March by Geraldine Brooks


Publisher: Harper Perennial

Length: 280 pages

About: Chaplain fights war and slavery

Style: 1st person

Where: US

When: 1841 & 1861/2



Publisher’s synopsis:

From Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks takes March, the absent father gone to war to fight for the Northern forces. Alone in a country ripped apart by violence and hatred, he sees things that shake his very soul. He also encounters the woman who changed his life nearly twenty years earlier – Grace. She is beautiful, educated, and a slave.



‘Why do we have chaplains? The book of army regulations has little to say on the matter. Odd isn’t it? In that one institution where order is everything, where every man has a place and duty, the chaplain alone has no prescribed duty. Well in my view your duty is to bring the men comfort.’ Then he glared at me and raised his voice. ‘That’s your role, March, damn it. And yet all you seem to do is make people uncomfortable.’




“Clarity of vision, fine, meticulous prose, the unexpected historical detail, a life-sized protagonist caught inside an unimaginably huge event. [March] shows the same seamless marriage of research and imagination. . . . Brooks’s version of March’s story is both harrowing and moving. . . . March is an altogether successful book, casting a spell that lasts much longer than the reading of it.”

Karen Jay Fowler The Washington Post Book World, 13th March 2005



Not so good:

….the book she has produced makes a distressing contribution to recent trends in historical fiction, which, after a decade or so of increased literary and intellectual weight, seems to be returning to its old sentimental contrivances and costumes. More and more, in book clubs throughout the land, the genre sits atop a high horse, with nowhere especially important to go.

Thomas Mallon, New York Times, 27th March 2005


About the author

Born in Sydney in 1955 Geraldine Brooks is an author and journalist, and attended Bethlehem College Ashfield and the University of Sydney. She worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald for three years as a feature writer with a special interest in environmental issues.



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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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