The Winner of the 2012 Pen/Faulkner award has been announced and it is The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka. Here is a brief description from goodreads.com:
In eight incantatory sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces their extraordinary lives, from their arduous journey by boat, where they exchange photographs of their husbands, imagining uncertain futures in an unknown land; to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; to their backbreaking work picking fruit in the fields and scrubbing the floors of white women; to their struggles to master a new language and a new culture; to their experiences in childbirth, and then as mothers, raising children who will ultimately reject their heritage and their history; to the deracinating arrival of war.
In language that has the force and the fury of poetry, Julie Otsuka has written a singularly spellbinding novel about the American dream.
The votes are still coming in from our selections for next year, so far it seems that we will be reading this book during our next cycle so I will keep everyone posted.