Jennifer Egan wins LA Times Book Prize
3rd May 2011
Jennifer Egan has triumphed in the fiction category of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for her novel A Visit from the Goon Squad, just weeks after winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for the same title.
Other winners at the ceremony, held at the Los Angeles Times building in California, included Tom Franklin, who was victorious in the mystery/thriller category with Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.
Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken, charting the true story of a World War II fighter pilot who crashed in the Pacific Ocean and swam thousands of miles to safety, triumphed in the biography category, while the young adult prize was won by Megan Whalen Turner's A Conspiracy of Kings.
Egan has garnered significant acclaim for A Visit from the Goon Squad in recent months, scooping the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and making the shortlist for the PEN/Faulkner prize, as well as being named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2011 list.
The novel is now being adapted into a TV series by HBO, which created The Sopranos, itself a partial inspiration for A Visit from the Goon Squad.