Anthony Doerr's novel, All the Light We Cannot See
, has won critical and popular acclaim. The New York Times
called it one of the 10 best books of 2014, and it spent the better part of a year on the New York Times Bestseller List. It was also a finalist for the National Book Award.
Now, it has landed its author the Pulitzer Prize for fiction
Pulitzer prizes have been awarded to works of fiction since 1947, and its winners have included Cormac McCarthy, John Updike and Saul Bellow. They come with a $10,000 award. This year's jury, consisting of Chicago Tribune
literary editor Elizabeth Taylor, author and NPR
book commentator Alan Cheuse and Southern Methodist University Professor of English David Haynes, selected All the Light We Cannot See
over Let Me Be Frank With You
by Richard Ford, The Moor's Account
by Laila Lalami and Lovely, Dark, Deep
by Joyce Carol Oates.
Doerr was a "BW Citizen
" in 2011, when he was in the running for the Sunday Times
Prize for his short story "The Deep." Shortly after the interview, he was declared the winner, being chosen from about 2,000 entries for the $48,000 prize.