The other finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the country's largest peer-juried prize for fiction, are Karen Jay Fowler for Sister Noon (Marion Wood/G.P. Putnam's Sons), Claire Messud for The Hunters (Harcourt), Ann Patchett for Bel Canto (HarperCollins), and Manil Suri for The Death of Vishnu (Norton).
The winner will be announced in April. Finalists will receive $5,000 each.
Will Franzen's fortune include a Pulitzer nomination? Readers will have to wait until April 8 when the finalists and winners will be announced on the Pulitzer Web site at www.pulitzer.org.