There are few Pulitzer-prize-winning novels I enjoy. I don't like hopeless, helpless endings. Reality provides enough of those. Life takes eager, energetic, gifted people and hammers them into arthritic, belligerents, nearly comatose in front of televised reports of death and dismemberment, fraud and corruption. I find faith and love and good genes and exercise will sustain, but only if we choose our influences cautiously. I have read that rare, marvelous Pulitzer, but most of them end with the protagonists following squalid paths they first condemn, then adopt. I like my heroes to grow and change and struggle. They don't have to win every battle, but I want them to engage. I like David and Goliath, Beauty who transforms the Beast, The Artful Dodger, but learn more from Fagan's "I think I'd better think this out again." Come to think of it, Pulitzer-winning novels might improve if we could set more of them to music.
Causes Sharon Ervin Supports
Hospice, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, St. Jude's Children's Hospital