The prize, worth $10,000, recognises distinguished fiction by American authors, with a preference placed on fiction that is based on American life.
The judging panel was chaired by the literary editor, Chicago Tribune, Elizabeth Taylor, called the work "an inventive investigation of growing up and growing old in the digital age, displaying a big-hearted curiosity about cultural change at warp speed."
This US bestseller has also won the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and is a finalist for the Pen Faulkner Award and the LA Times Book Prize, as well as a longlist finalist for the UK’s Orange Prize.
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