Post-Civil War Saga Wins Pulitzer for Fiction

Writer's investigation of sister's murder wins prize for memoir-autobiography
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 6, 2024 5:26 PM CDT
Post-Civil War Saga Wins Pulitzer for Fiction
This cover image released by Hogarth shows "Liliana's Invincible Summer: A Sister's Search for Justice" by Cristina Rivera Garza, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for memoir or autobiography.   (Hogarth via AP)

Jayne Anne Phillips' Night Watch, a mother-daughter saga set in a West Virginia asylum after the Civil War, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The drama prize was awarded to Eboni Booth's Primary Trust, about a bookstore worker's unexpected journey after he loses his job. Nathan Thrall's A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: Anatomy of a Jerusalem Tragedy won for general nonfiction, and Jacqueline Jones received the history prize for No Right to an Honest Living: The Struggles of Boston's Black Workers in the Civil War Era, the AP reports.

Two winners were announced Monday in the biography category: Jonathan Eig for his Martin Luther King biography King: A Life and Ilyon Woo's Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom. Cristina Rivera Garza's investigation into the murder of her sister, Liliana's Invincible Summer, won for memoir-autobiography, while Brandon Som's Tripas received the poetry prize. Tyshawn Sorey's saxophone concerto "Adagio (For Wadada Leo Smith)" was the winner for music. Click for the journalism winners.

(More Pulitzer Prize stories.)

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