The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li has won the 2023 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
PEN/Faulkner is a nonprofit literary organization that promotes a lifelong love of reading and a connection to writing through public events, in-school education, and public promotion of exceptional literary achievement. The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is one of the highest honors available to American fiction writers.
This year’s judges, Christopher Bollen, R.O. Kwon, and Tiphanie Yanique said, “Yiyun Li’s The Book of Goose is a dazzling, conventions-defying, nuanced novel. It’s a tale of a complicated friendship, of two girls bending toward and away from each other. The prose is singular; the central characters, Agnès and Fabienne, haunted us with their radical ingenuity and bold, unruly ambitions. We kept finding that we wanted to press this book on others.”