Today the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award was announced. The award honors the best work of fiction published by an American in a single calendar year. The largest peer-reviewed literary prize in the country, the PEN/Faulkner Award continues to recognize the finest American fiction being produced today.
2016’s winner, Delicious Foods by James Hannaham, tells the gripping story of three unforgettable characters: a mother, her son, and the drug that threatens to destroy them. Darlene, a young widow and mother devastated by the death of her husband, turns to drugs to erase the trauma. In this fog of grief, she is lured with the promise of a great job to a mysterious farm run by a shady company, with disastrous consequences for both her and her eleven-year-old son, Eddie.