Washington Post Staff Writer
PEN/Faulkner judge Molly Giles called the novel "intelligent, consistently entertaining and original." Fellow judge Victor LaValle called the women at its center "defiant, infuriating and alive."
"I'm really shocked," said Christensen, 45, who was doing the laundry in her Brooklyn home when the phone call came. All writers know about the PEN/Faulkner Award, she said, but to her "it's always seemed unattainable."