May. 30, 2012 by Wesleyan Alumni Community
May 30, 2012 / Friendly URL: wesconnect.wesleyan.edu/news-20120530-alexander-chee
The New York Times offered a “do-over” opportunity: This year, the Pulitzer Prize committee declined to award a prize for fiction. So we asked these eight experts to do it instead. Alexander Chee ’89, author of the novel Edinburgh, was one of these experts who casts his vote.
“Alexander Chee: ‘Silver Sparrow,’ by Tayari Jones
“When I think of the previous Pulitzers I loved, those books have always made me want to try more as a writer, to be more ambitious for my fiction. Many of last year’s fiction crop made me feel that way, but of what I read, only one was also a love letter to America and about America in a way that I hadn’t really seen before, and that was “Silver Sparrow,” by Tayari Jones.
“‘Silver Sparrow’ is the story of a bigamist, his two wives, their daughters and his mother, narrated from the perspectives of the daughters, Chaurisse and Dana.…”
Image: Alexander Chee.
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