Sherman Alexie’s War Dances won the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Al Young, who served on the panel of judges with Rilla Askew and Kyoko Mori, said, “War Dances taps every vein and nerve, every tissue, every issue that quickens the current blood-pulse: parenthood, divorce, broken links, sex, gender and racial conflict, substance abuse, medical neglect, 9/11, Official Narrative vs. What Really Happened, settler religion vs. native spirituality; marketing, shopping, and war, war, war. All the heartbreaking ways we don’t live now–this is the caring, eye-opening beauty of this rollicking, bittersweet gem of a book.”

Alexie will receive his prize May 8 at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., during an awards ceremony that will also honor PEN/Faulkner finalists Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna (Harper), Lorraine M. López for Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories (BkMk Press), Lorrie Moore for A Gate at the Stairs (Knopf) and Colson Whitehead for Sag Harbor (Doubleday).