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Tim O’Brien

Tim O’Brien received the National Book Award in Fiction for Going After Cacciato. The Things They Carried was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; it received the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize in fiction and France’s Prix de Meilleur Livre Étranger. In 2005, The Things They Carried appeared on the New York Times poll of “The Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years” and was earlier included among its “Books of the Century”; in 2021, it was named one of the Center Fiction’s “200 Books That Shaped 200 Years of Literature.” In the Lake of the Woods, published in 1994, was chosen by TIME magazine as the best novel of that year. The book also received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was selected as one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times. In 2010, O’Brien received the Katherine Anne Porter Award, presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for a distinguished body of work. He has also received the Mark Twain Award in literature and lifetime achievement awards from the Dayton Peace Prize Foundation and the Pritzker Military Library. O’Brien has been elected to both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His latest novel is America Fantastica

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  • America Fantastica: A Novel by Tim O’Brien

    America Fantastica: A Novel

    In the tradition of Jonathan Swift and Mark Twain, "America Fantastica" delivers a biting, witty, and entertaining story about the causes and costs of outlandish fantasy, while also marking the triumphant return of an essential voice in American letters. And at the heart of the novel, amid a teeming cast of characters, readers will delight in the tug-of-war between two memorable and iconic human beings—the exuberant savior-of-souls Angie Bing and the penitent but compulsive liar Boyd Halverson. Just as Tim O’Brien’s modern classic, "The Things They Carried", so brilliantly reflected the unromantic truth of war, "America Fantastica" puts a mirror to a nation and a time that has become dangerously unmoored from truth and greedy for delusion.

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