Jennifer Egan's "A Visit from the Goon Squad" has won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, it was announced Monday. "A Visit From the Goon Squad" was cited by the Pulitzer committee cited for being "an inventive investigation of growing up and growing old in the digital age, displaying a big-hearted curiosity about cultural change at warp speed." The book, Egan's fifth, is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and is a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
Siddhartha Mukherjee, an oncologist, won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for his stunning first book, "The Emperor of All Maladies: A History of Cancer." Mukherjee book, the committee wrote, is "an elegant inquiry, at once clinical and personal, into the long history of an insidious disease that, despite treatment breakthroughs, still bedevils medical science."
Former U.S. poet laureate Kay Ryan won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for her collection "The Best of It: New and Selected Poems." Ryan's poetry collection was cited for being "witty, rebellious and yet tender, a treasure trove of an iconoclastic and joyful mind."
Ron Chernow won the Pulitzer Prize in biography for "Washington: A Life," cited as "a sweeping, authoritative portrait of an iconic leader learning to master his private feelings in order to fulfill his public duties."