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Deborah Eisenberg wins PEN/Faulkner award

16th March 2011

Deborah Eisenberg has been named winner of the 15,000 (GBP 9,300) PEN/Faulkner award for The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg.

The title includes stories from four different volumes of Eisenberg's work, including Twilight of the Superheroes, which was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner award in 2007.

It was chosen from a shortlist of five titles, which included Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad and Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon.

Eric Puchner's Model Home and Brad Watson's Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives were the other contenders, with the authors each receiving USD 5,000.

Commenting on the winner, judge Laura Furman said: 'From the first to the last of her collected stories, Deborah Eisenberg demonstrates her sharp intelligence, literary inventiveness and her clear understanding of human interconnectedness as it exists in isolation.'

Eisenberg and the other shortlisted authors will be honoured at a ceremony in Washington, DC, on May 7th.

Last year's PEN/Faulkner award was won by War Dances, a collection of short stories and poems by Sherman Alexie, described by the judges as 'tapping every vein and nerve'.

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