A Garden of Sand
By Earl Thompson
Original Publisher: Putnam
Current Publisher: Carroll & Graf
Fiction Finalists That Year:
- Frederick Buechner for Lion Country
- E.L. Doctorow for The Book of Daniel
- Stanley Elkin for The Dick Gibson Show
- Tom McHale for Farragan’s Retreat
- Joyce Carol Oates for Wonderland
- Cynthia Ozick for The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories
- Walker Percy for Love in the Ruins
- Earl Thompson for A Garden of Sand
- John Updike for Rabbit Redux
Fiction Winner That Year: Flannery O’Connor for The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor
Fiction Judges That Year: Joan Didion, Martha Duffy, Joseph Heller, Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, L. Woiwode
The Year in Literature:
- Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
- Heinrich Böll won the Nobel Prize for literature.
More Information: Thompson published three novels before he died suddenly of a heart attack in 1978 at age 47. His fourth and final book, The Devil to Pay, was published posthumously.