Donna Tartt's bestselling novel "The Goldfinch," published by Little, Brown, won the 2014
In their citation, the judges described "The Goldfinch" as a "beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy's entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction, a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart."
Finalists in fiction were "The Son" by Philipp Meyer and "The Woman Who Lost Her Soul" by Bob Shacochis. It was a weighty year for the Pulitzer fiction category: the winner and finalists totaled more than 2,000 pages
The Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists are announced simultaneously, without the advance release of a shortlist.
General nonfiction went to "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation" by Dan Fagin, published by Bantam Books. The story of a small New Jersey town ravaged by industrial pollution and cancer had been well-reviewed but was somewhat under the radar.
The winner in poetry was "3 Sections" by Vijay Seshadri, published by Graywolf Press.
Biography went to "Margaret Fuller: A New American Life" by Megan Marshall, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
The history prize went to "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832" by Alan Taylor, published by W.W.