By Christopher Sorrentino

Original Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Current Publisher: Picador

Fiction Finalists That Year: 

Fiction Winner That Year: William T. Vollmann for Europe Central

Fiction Judges That Year: Andre Dubus III, Rikki Ducornet, Cristina García, Tom LeClair, Anna Quindlen

The Year in Literature:

  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • Harold Pinter won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information: Trance is a fictionalized version of the story of Patty Hearst, granddaughter of publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst. After being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) in 1974, she joined her captors in their cause and was later imprisoned for taking part in a bank robbery with other SLA members.

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