The PEN/Faulkner Foundation announced Wednesday that Fowler has been nominated for "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves," the story of a Midwestern family's travails. The other four finalists are Daniel Alarcon's "At Night We Walk In Circles," Percival Everett's "Percival Everett By Virgil Russell" and a pair of short story collections, Joan Silber's "Fools" and Valerie Trueblood's "Search Party." The winner, to be announced April 2, will receive $15,000. Finalists receive $5,000.
Previous winners include Philip Roth, Ann Patchett and Sherman Alexie.