When Andrew Sean Greer’s Less was announced as the 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction, many book-lovers and other publishing insiders were surprised, but pleased. Though the book had received favorable reviews since its publication in July 2017, it had mostly been a quiet release, flying entirely under the radar during the bulk of the book awards season. Many predictions for books that would take the top prize focused in on Jesmyn Ward’s National Book Award winning Sing Unburied Sing and George Saunders’ Man Booker Prize winning Lincoln in the Bardo as the two most likely contenders for the prestigious honor — though neither of them ended up being finalists for the prize. But it seems that there is at least one person who could have predicted a Pulitzer win for Less — and that’s Andrew Sean Greer himself, who included a scene in his book about the freakin’ Pulitzer Prize.
In a passage from the book, pointed out by Twitter user @recitrachel, our main character Arthur Less is having a conversation with a man named Robert in which, you guessed it, one of them is about to win a Pulitzer Prize.
The passage reads: