The 2013 Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Book Award

Karen Brown for Little Sinners and Other Stories

from University of Nebraska Press


Judge: Joe Weil

"If Grace Paley's stories were a splendid trumpet, then Karen Brown's stories in Little Sinners are  also a splendid trumpet, albeit with a mute.  This is a subtle, yet often moving collection in which the lives of women are given great nuance and flavored with humor. Brass and courage abound, and the characters show a determination and ability to surprise both the reader and themselves that makes Karen Brown's collection on a par with the best tradition of the American short story."


Karen Brown is the author of a novel , The Longings of Wayward Girls (July 2013), and two short story collections, Pins & Needles (July 2013) and Little Sinners and Other Stories, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and named a Best Book of 2012 by Publishers Weekly. Her work has been featured in The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories, The New York Times, and Good Housekeeping, and in many literary journals. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of South Florida.


Gardner Award Finalists for 2013 (in alphabetical order):

Anna Funder for All That I Am (HarperCollins Publishers)

Barbara Kingsolver for Flight Behavior (HarperCollins Publishers)

Attica Locke for The Cutting Season (HarperCollins Publishers)

Eileen Pollack for Breaking and Entering (Four Way Books)

Matt Ruff for The Mirage (HarperCollins Publishers)

Last Updated: 7/25/14