The Heaven of Mercury
By Brad Watson
Original and Current Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Fiction Finalists That Year:
- Mark Costello for Big If
- Adam Haslett for You Are Not a Stranger Here
- Martha McPhee for Gorgeous Lies
- Brad Watson for The Heaven of Mercury
Fiction Winner That Year: Julia Glass for Three Junes
Fiction Judges That Year: Bob Shacochis, Adrienne Brodeur, David Wong Louie, Jay McInerney, Jacquelyn Mitchard
The Year in Literature:
- Empire Falls by Richard Russo won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
- Imre Kertész won the Nobel Prize for literature.
More Information: The Heaven of Mercury was Watson’s first novel. His first book was a story collection, Last Days of the Dog-Men, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction in 1997.