Los Angeles writer Bruce Wagner, called “a millennial heir to Nathaniel West” by the stultifying NY Times, has found himself a $5,000 finalist in the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Awards for his book, The Chrysanthemum Palace, and we couldn’t be prouder, although there’s no reason why we should be. You might recall Wagner’s word-packed debut, Force Majeure, and his word-a-thon cellphone trilogy, I’m Losing You, I’ll Let You Go, and Still Holding. He writes so many words it was about time he had something to show for it. There were three other finalists in the contest and a proper winner ($15,000 went to E L Doctorow for The March) but we’re not interested in them. But you might be: Doctorow, Karen Fisher, William Henry Lewis, James Salter.
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