Indian-American writer’s winning book, Family Life, which took him 13 years to complete, is praised by head judge as ‘a masterful novel of distilled complexity’
The Indian-American writer Akhil Sharma has been named winner of the second Folio prize for fiction for a novel which took him 13 long and painful years to complete, charting one emigrant family’s heartwrenching search for the American dream.
Writing it, he admitted after receiving the £40,000 prize, was a frustrating, difficult challenge, often “like chewing stones” with around nine wasted years when it did not go well. “I’m glad the book exists, I just wish I hadn’t been the guy who wrote it,” he said.
Penguin Random House has announced that Akhil Sharma’s Family Life is one of 8 books shortlisted for the Folio Prize […]
The inaugural shortlist of the latest literary award on the block, the Folio Prize, has been unveiled – with a strong showing by American authors: BBC
The prize, open to English-language writers from all around the world, pre-empts this year’s Booker Prize, which is also expanding to a global level.
The final eight books – out of 80 read by the Folio judges – span poetry, novels and short stories.
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