She’s just been selected as the winner of this year’s PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her novel The Buddha in the Attic. The judges—Marita Golden, Maureen Howard, and Steve Yarbrough—considered more than 350 novels and short story collections by American authors published in the U.S. during 2011.
“In The Buddha in the Attic Julie Otsuka creates a voice that is hypnotic and irresistible, and renders her story with the power of the most ancient, timeless myths, the legends that crowd our dreams, and the truths we cannot bear. Her skill is awesome and utterly inspiring. The story she tells with the ear of a poet, the touch of an artist, and the wisdom of a very old soul is breathtaking in its scope and intimacy. This slender volume simply stole my heart,” said judge Marita Golden.