The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
1928 Pulitzer Prize
Brother Juniper is a monk who witnesses the collapse of the rope bridge between Lima and Cuzco broke and plunged five people to death in the gorge below. He immediately wonders why the disaster happened to that particular five people. He sets out on an investigation into their lives to try to find out if they deserved their fate.
I enjoyed the book, but I didn't get what the big Pulitzer whoopty-do was about.