For Pulitzer fiction finalists, nothing is good enough?

    Among the three finalists for this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, not one of them was chosen as a winner. What’s up with that? Which book would you have chosen?

    The most surprising news coming out of this week’s Pulitzer Prize announcements is in the category of fiction.

    The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is one of the most prestigious and influential awards in American publishing — but this year, none of the three finalists was deemed worthy of the prize.

    The jurors for the category (among them “Fresh Air” book critic Maureen Corrigan) submitted three finalists, but the Pulitzer Board could not come to a majority decision — a disappointment to the jurors, let alone the authors.

    Or is it? With no winner, perhaps all three titles will now pique the interest of the reading public. No one wins, and everyone wins!

    Which of these three finalists do you think should have taken the prize?

    Tell us in the comments below.

    • “Train Dreams,” by Denis Johnson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

    • “Swamplandia!” by Karen Russell (Alfred A. Knopf)

    • “The Pale King,” by the late David Foster Wallace (Little, Brown and Company)

    None of the above? Tell us in the comments below what 2011 book you would have nominated.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal