By Alan Lightman
Original Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Current Publisher: Vintage
Fiction Finalists That Year:
- Charles Baxter for The Feast of Love
- Alan Lightman for The Diagnosis
- Joyce Carol Oates for Blonde
- Francine Prose for Blue Angel
Fiction Winner That Year: Susan Sontag for In America
Fiction Judges That Year: Ron Hansen, Breena Clarke, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, David Guterson, A.M. Homes
The Year in Literature:
- Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
- Gao Xingjian won the Nobel Prize for literature.
More Information: Lightman is both a physicist and a writer. He was the first professor at MIT to receive a joint appointment in the sciences and the humanities.