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Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

“A new classic of science reporting” — The New York Times

 

TOMS RIVER

A STORY OF SCIENCE AND SALVATION

 

“A gripping environmental thriller” — Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“A crisp, hard-nosed probe into corporate arrogance and the power of public resistance” – Publishers Weekly

“This hard-hitting account of cancer epidemiology in the New Jersey town of Toms River is a triumph” — Nature 

“A complex tale of powerful industry, local politics, water rights, epidemiology, public health and cancer in a gripping, page-turning environmental thriller” — National Public Radio

The story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, deep historical research and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative in the tradition of A Civil Action, The Emperor of All Maladies, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

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Read the New York Times review.

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NEWS AND RECENT ARTICLES

April 14, 2014

Toms River has been awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, awarded to “a distinguished and appropriately documented book of nonfiction by an American author.”

March 10, 2014

A panel of writers and editors selected Toms River as the winner of the “Green” category in the Books for a Better Life awards.

February 24, 2014: New York Public Library

Toms River has been named a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, awarded to “journalists whose books have brought clarity and public attention to important issues, events, or policies.” The winner will be announced this summer.

Dec. 4, 2013: NPR.org

“Dan Fagin’s narrative of the arrival and explosive growth of a chemical plant in New Jersey in the 1950s weaves a complex tale of powerful industry, local politics, water rights, epidemiology, public health and cancer in a gripping, page-turning environmental thriller.”

Nov. 29, 2013: Boing Boing

The leading technology culture site Boing Boing includes Toms River  in its 2013 Gift Guide, calling it “nuanced, fantastically written, and illuminating.”