The PEN/Faulkner Foundation Shares Its 2024 Fiction Award Longlist

By Katerina Rettino | February 9 2024 | General

On February 6, The PEN/Faulkner Foundation announced the longlist for the 2024 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, honoring “the best published works of fiction by American permanent residents in a calendar year,” according to the foundation.

Four Penguin Random House titles received spots on the list of ten books. Five finalists from the longlist will be announced in March, and the winning book will be announced in April.

Please join us in congratulating our authors!

The Guest
Longlisted for the 2024 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Summer is coming to a close on the East End of Long Island, and Alex is no longer welcome. A misstep at a dinner party, and the older man she’s been staying with dismisses her with a ride to the train station and a ticket back to the city.

With few resources and a waterlogged phone, but gifted with an ability to navigate the desires of others, Alex stays on Long Island and drifts like a ghost through the hedged lanes, gated driveways, and sun-blasted dunes of a rarefied world that is, at first, closed to her. Propelled by desperation and a mutable sense of morality, she spends the week leading up to Labor Day moving from one place to the next, a cipher leaving destruction in her wake.

$18.00 US
May 16, 2023
304 Pages
Random House
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The Best Possible Experience
Longlisted for the 2024 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
An emotionally rich collection of short stories, painting a fascinating portrait of contemporary India and its diaspora and a yearning rendering of the people and places we call home, from a major new literary talent.
“A full-hearted, brilliant debut of necessary beauty.” —Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Chain-Gang All-Stars and New York Times bestseller Friday Black.
$25.00 US
Jul 11, 2023
224 Pages
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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store
Longlisted for the 2024 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
A novel about small-town secrets and the people who keep them. As the characters’ stories overlap and deepen, it becomes clear how much the people who live on the margins of white, Christian America struggle and what they must do to survive. When the truth is finally revealed about what happened on Chicken Hill and the part the town’s white establishment played in it, McBride shows us that even in dark times, it is love and community—heaven and earth—that sustain us.
$17.00 US
Aug 08, 2023
400 Pages
Riverhead Books
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Longlisted for the 2024 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
In a world rife with the unchecked power and ambition of tech, Users investigates—with both humor and creeping dread—how interpersonal experiences and private decisions influence the hasty developments that have the power to permanently alter the landscape of human experience.
$27.00 US
Feb 21, 2023
288 Pages
Soft Skull
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