Yiyun Li wins Sunday Times short story prize for A Sheltered Woman


yiyun-liJudges praise the tale of a Chinese-American nanny for its ‘exquisite crafting, brilliant observations and modest but powerful voice’: The Guardian

The “mastery” of Yiyun Li’s tale about a Chinese-American nanny caring for a troubled mother and her newborn baby has made her the first woman to win the Sunday Times short story prize.

Li’s story, A Sheltered Woman, took the £30,000 award on Friday evening. First published in the New Yorker in March 2014, it tells of Auntie Mei, nanny to a new baby whose mother says she is suffering from postpartum depression. 

Novelist Elif Shafak, on the judging panel for the award, praised the “diverse and dazzling” shortlist, but said that A Sheltered Woman “enchanted” judges “with its exquisite crafting, brilliant observations and modest but powerful voice”.

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