Through five Pulitzer winning novels, this series looks at how authors have depicted the striving to better oneself and achieve the American dream – and how, despite our efforts, we often end of up unfulfilled or clashing with other elements of society. Read the essay “Reaching for the American Dream: The Pulitzer Prizes and America” by Evan Hughes here. To host this Reading & Discussion program, please review the application guidelines, and follow the link to our online application.
Egan’s series of linked short stories — featuring overlapping characters and events — follow a group of musicians and music executives as life sends them in directions none could have anticipated.
Two writers and friends experience different very different pathways through life in the 20th century, reflecting America’s changing relationship to art, commerce, and life.
Roth’s protagonist Swede Levov lives a blessed existence in postwar New Jersey, reflecting all the prosperity of the period. Until, that is, his family has to contend with the changing social and political landscape of the 1960s.
These short stories look at the challenges of Indian-Americans in adapting to life in America while staying true to the culture and traditions of previous generations.
Dominican-American Oscar Wao’s nerdy fantasies provide a springboard for Diaz to interrogate the multi-generational experiences of one immigrant family.