“The Book of Goose” by Yiyun Li wins 2023 PEN/Faulkner Award

Yiyun Li’s book, The Book of Goose, has emerged the best novel in the 2023 PEN/Faulkner Award out of 512 American novels and short story collections published in the US in 2022. 

Writers Tiphanie Yanique, R.O. Kwon and Christopher Bollen, served as judges this year.

The Book of Goose (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), follows Agnès, who learns that her childhood friend Fabienne has died. 

Li, Book Riot writes, takes readers on a journey through the girls’ friendship in a postwar French countryside, where an intense female friendship leads to life-changing fame.

The judges said that Li’s book is “a tale of a complicated friendship, of two girls bending toward and away from each other. The prose is singular; the central characters, Agnès and Fabienne, haunted us with their radical ingenuity and bold, unruly ambitions. We kept finding that we wanted to press this book on others. It is an honor to give Yiyun Li the 2023 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.”

Yiyun Li has published other books, like Kinder Than Solitude, Must I Go, Where Reasons End and others, and has been awarded with everything from a MacArthur Fellowship to other PEN awards. 

She will receive $15,000 for winning the PEN/Faulkner award, and will be honoured along with the finalists during the 2023 PEN/Faulkner Celebration taking place Thursday May 11, 2023 at 6 pm EST at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C.


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