Stories of race and immigration among PEN/Faulkner nominees

AP News
Posted: Mar 08, 2016 10:03 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — This year's list of finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award features stories of war, race and immigration.

Nominees announced Tuesday for the $15,000 fiction prize include Viet Thanh Nguyen's novel about a former spy for North Vietnam, "The Sympathizer"; Julie Iromuanya's novel about a Nigerian in the U.S. who lies about his profession to his family back home, "Mr. and Mrs. Doctor"; and James Hannaham's book on race and class, "Delicious Foods."

Two story collections also are finalists: Luis Alberto Urrea's "The Water Museum" and Elizabeth Tallent's "Mendocino Fire."

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The winner will be announced April 5. Previous recipients of the award, established in 1981, include Philip Roth, Sherman Alexie and Ann Patchett.