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‘Corrections’ Is Winner of Top Prize for Fiction

by Dintia Smith

The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen’s modernist epic of a dysfunctional family and a mother’s efforts to get her grown children to come home for one last Christmas, won the National Book Award for Fiction tonight… The award was presented at a ceremony in Manhattan at the Marriott Marquis Hotel with the comedian Steve Martin as host.

…At the ceremony, the National Book Award for Non-Fiction went to Andrew Solomon for The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, an encyclopedic study of depression in all its terrifying aspects, published by Scribner. In joyfully accepting the prize, Mr. Solomon said he would recommend winning the National Book Award as an antidote for depression.

“My dream for this book is that it become unnecessary,” he said.