Longlist, Carnegie Medal, 2015

Longlist, Folio Prize, 2014

Booklist Editors’ Choice, 2014

Notable/Best Books of 2014: Washington Post, Economist, Chicago Tribune, NPR, Houston Chronicle, Telegraph, The Daily Beast, Washington Independent Review of Books, ALA

Longlist, National Book Award, 2014

Longlist, Man Booker Prize, 2014

American Library Association “Library Read,” January 2014

Phil and Penny Knight Professor of Creative Writing, Stanford University, 2013

Amazon Top Ten Singles, 2012

Hurst Visiting Professor, Washington University, October 2012

Finalist, Arthur C. Clarke Prize (UK), 2011

Best American Short Stories anthology, 2011, 2009

Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2010

Indies Choice Honor Book, 2010 and 2014

Society of Midland Authors Award Finalist, 2010

Stein Visiting Writer, Stanford, 2010 and 2013

Pushcart Prize, 2009, 2003

Samuel Fischer Guest Professor, Free University, Berlin, 2009

Notable/Best Books of 2009: Chicago Tribune, Kansas City Star, San Francisco Examiner, Oprah Book Club, King County Library System (WA), Booklist, New York Times, Washington Post Book World, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, American Library Association

Great Lakes Book Award Finalist, 2007

Boston Authors Club 2007 Reading List

Notable/Best Books of 2006, Kansas City Star, The Boston Globe, Christianity Today, Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, New York Magazine, Washington Post Book World, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Kirkus, L.A. Weekly

National Book Award, 2006

Finalist, Pulitzer Prize, 2006

Ambassador Book Award, 2004

W. H. Smith Literary Award, 2004 (Great Britain)

Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award, 2003, 1995, 1991, 1985

Dos Passos Prize For Literature, Longwood University, 2003

Notable/Best Books of 2003: Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Newsday, London Evening Standard, Time Out (London), San Jose Mercury News

New York Times Notable Book, 2009, 2006, 2003, 2000, 1998, 1995, 1991

Author of the Year, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 2001

Corrington Award for Literary Excellence, Centenary College, 2001

Elected Fellow, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois, 2000

Vursell Award, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, 2000

Lannan Literary Award, 1999

James Fenimore Cooper Prize, American Society of Historians, 1999

Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1998

Business Week Best Business Books of 1998

Swanlund Professorship, University of Illinois, 1996

Finalist, National Book Award, 1993

Time Magazine Book of the Year, 1991

MacArthur Fellowship, 1989

PEN/Hemingway Special Citation, 1985

Rosenthal Award of American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, 1985