This full challenge is to pick A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade. I took a look at the lists and while there were a few books on there I would read, nothing struck me as "Read me now". Then I took a look at the Drama category of the Pulitzer Prize and decided on the 2008 winner.
August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wow, talk about a dysfunctional family! I didn't know much more than it was a story about a dysfunctional family from the promos for the movie (which I haven't seen yet.). It took me a little bit to get a handle on who was who in the family, I had to keep flipping back to the character list. I would love to see the stage setup, it describes a stage that is broken up into multiple levels and rooms of the Weston house.
The story centers on the disappearance of Beverley Weston and the way his family deals with the fallout of disappearance. His wife, Violet, is a pill popping addict. His three daughters are all facing issues in their lives and this forced family time just makes the issues worse. Barbara, the oldest comes back from Colorado with her husband and daughter. Her marriage is in trouble and her daughter is a 14-year-old pot smoker. Ivy is the daughter who never left home and the daughter most abused (due to proximity) by Violet. The youngest daughter, Karen, comes home with her older fiance.
It starts off with a 'typical' dysfunction and quickly builds into OMG levels of dysfunction. By the end of the play you start to think the dysfunction can't get any more and I'm pretty sure if this play went on the level of these people are crazy would rise as well.