FDU Literary Society Presents PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Winner Joseph O’Neill

Teaneck, NJ (April 14, 2009) – “Netherland” by Joseph O’Neill was named the winner of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the New York Times Book Review selected it as one of the five best novels of 2008.

On Tuesday, May 5, O’Neill will appear at Fairleigh Dickinson University in a Gene Barnett Literary Society lecture, “An Evening with Joseph O’Neill, Author of Netherland.”

“Netherland” is about a European man living in Manhattan after 9/11 that has two troubled loves – for his adopted country and for his wife. The novel involves the cricketing subculture of New York and a tragic friendship with a Trinidadian immigrant. Critics call it suspenseful, psychologically pitch-perfect and a wonderful read.

Dwight Garner, writing in New York Times Book Review, said, “Here’s what “Netherland” surely is: the wittiest, angriest, most exacting and most desolate work of fiction we’ve yet had about life in New York and London after the World Trade Center fell.”

O’Neill, who lives in New York City, was born in Ireland and raised in Holland. After receiving a law degree from Cambridge University, he worked as a barrister in London. A regular contributor to The Atlantic Monthly, O’Neill is the author of two previous novels, “This Is the Life” and “The Breezes,” and of a family history, “Blood-Dark Track,” which was a New York Times Notable Book.

The Literary Society evening at FDU will include an audience question-and-answer session with the author. There will be books available for sale and signing.

“An Evening with Joseph O’Neill” begins at 8 p.m. in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, 140 University Plaza Drive, Hackensack, NJ. All tickets, at $10 per person, are available at the door starting at 7:30 p.m. There is no advance sale.  For further information, call (201) 692-7032.

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