To me this has been an exceptional year for fiction. Books like State of Wonder, Lost Memory of Skin, Once Upon a River, and The Buddha in the Attic would all have been worthy of the Prize. One outcome of this travesty has been that many others have decried this inaction and have provided lists of fine books that readers might choose despite the Pulitzer snub. Ann Patchett wrote a great op-ed piece on the subject. The Wall Street Journal asked several prominent and esteemed critics to list the books they would have chosen and they had very little trouble coming up with several. The Washington Post's Ron Charles then noted "but to not choose any book is just a snobby slap in the face for those of us who enjoyed so many fine novels last year."
I've read the names of the members of the Pulitzer Prize Board and they're exceptional people I hold in high esteem but I wonder what happened to keep them from choosing a prize winner.