Familiar Finalist: Franzen Among PEN/Faulkner Award Hopefuls

3.8.02

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).

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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.