According to this New York Times article, no Pulitzer will be awarded for fiction this year. An excerpt from the article says “The finalists were Denis Johnson for “Train Dreams,” a book that was originally published as a novella in The Paris Review in 2002 and then repackaged and released as a hardcover by Farrar, Straus & Giroux; Karen Russell, whose debut novel “Swamplandia!” was published by Knopf when she was only 29; and David Foster Wallace for “The Pale King,” a book that was unfinished at the time of the author’s death and later completed by his editor.
What do you think about the decision? Would you agree with The Washington Post book critic who was quoted in the NYT article as saying there was only “one finished real novel” on the list? If you were on the committee, what book, if any, would you have voted for? Do you think giving writing awards is a good idea?