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MFA Alum Claire Jiménez’s Novel Wins 2024 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Posted by on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 in spotlight.

Vanderbilt MFA Alum Claire Jiménez’s novel What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez (Grand Central) has been selected as the winner of the 2024 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

This year’s finalists included Jamel Brinkley’s Witness, Henry Hoke’s Open Throat, Alice McDermott’s Absolution, and Colin Winnette’s Users.

The judges—Xochitl Gonzalez, Alan Michael Parker, and Lynn Steger Strong—considered 445 eligible novels and short story collections by American authors published in the US during the 2023 calendar year. Submissions came from 183 publishing houses, including independent and academic presses.

Source: Publisher’s Weekly