Silber's 'Improvement' wins PEN-Faulkner award

We are part of The Trust Project.

NEW YORK — Author Joan Silber has received another literary prize.

Silber's novel "Improvement" is the winner of the PEN/Faulkner award for fiction, a $15,000 honor. Last month, Silber was awarded the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction.

On Wednesday, PEN/Faulkner judges praised Silber's gift for combining multiple narratives and revealing the lives of "unassuming, everyday people." Her other books include "Household Words" and "Fools," a PEN/Faulkner finalist in 2014.

Runners-up for this year's award are Hernan Diaz, Samantha Hunt, Achy Obejas and Jesmyn Ward, whose "Sing, Unburied, Sing" won the National Book Award. Each will receive $5,000.

What to read next
In the direction of the center of our galaxy, Sagittarius is still easily visible when the sky turns dark at, say, 9:30 p.m.
Gardening columnist Don Kinzler wonders how raccoons know when you're planning to harvest sweet corn the next day, why "lily" is included in the name daylily when they aren't even in the lily family, and other mysteries.
Food columnist Sarah Nasello says this recipe for this Savory Tomato Cheddar Galette is her gift to you — layers of pure summer deliciousness (tomatoes, garlic and cheese) encased in a scrumptious, rich and buttery pie crust laced with fresh herbs and flavor.
It's been called one of the "scariest," "most haunted" and "creepiest" houses in the Midwest, but what is it really like inside the Villisca Ax Murder House?