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Post 9-11 novel wins PEN/Faulkner prize

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February 26, 2009 12:09 AM EST | AP


NEW YORK — Joseph O'Neill's "Netherland," an acclaimed post-Sept. 11 novel bypassed for the National Book Awards and the National Book Critics Circle prize, has finally received a literary honor: the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction.

The choice was announced Thursday by Susan Richards Shreve and Robert Stone, directors of the Washington-based PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

O'Neill, whose book is narrated by a man who lived in downtown Manhattan at the time of the 2001 terrorist attacks, will receive $15,000. The finalists _ Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum's "Ms. Hempel Chronicles," Susan Choi's "A Person of Interest," Richard Price's "Lush Life" and Ron Rash's "Serena" _ each get $5,000.

Previous winners include Philip Roth, John Updike and E.L. Doctorow.