By Stephan Lee
Updated April 14, 2014 at 07:48 PM EDT

Donna Tartt’s sprawling literary epic that centers on a mysterious little painting has taken the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, besting other lengthy titles, such as The Son by Philipp Meyer and The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis, both of which received “A” grades from EW.

The Goldfinch, Tartt’s first novel in more than a decade, was clearly worth the wait. It not only won critical raves but has become a bonafide commercial bestseller. A film version produced by Nina Jacobson (The Hunger Games) is in the works.

The Flick by Annie Baker took the honor for drama and Tom’s River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin won for general nonfiction. For a full list of finalists and winners, including the journalism honors, click here.