Women’s Prize for Fiction: American author Tayari Jones wins.

Women’s Prize for Fiction: American author Tayari Jones wins.

June 08, 2019.

Tayari Jones has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction for this year for her novel An American Marriage. It is United Kingdom’s only annual book award for fiction celebrating excellence, originality, and accessibility in women’s writing from all around the world. £30,000 and a limited edition bronze figurine – the Bessie has won by Jonas, that traces the marriage wrecked by racial politics. The prize was founded in 1996. The year 2019 marks the 24th year of its establishment.

Professor and chair of the judges, Kate Williams, said, “This is an exquisitely intimate portrait of a marriage shattered by racial injustice. It is a story of love, loss, and loyalty, the resilience of the human spirit painted on a big political canvas – that shines a light on today’s America.”

Former US President Barack Obama has read Jones’ novel and recommended it as well. Speaking on this, Jones’ said, “I’m delighted that Obama read my book and I’m delighted that I had a president in my time that read books and recommended them, who cared about the past and history, who used it to guide us to the future. I have no real hope or desire that the current occupant of the White House will read my book.”

Her book competed against five other shortlisted authors, including two former Booker prize winners namely Anna Burns (novel “Milkman” won Booker prize for 2018) and Pat Barker’s new novel “The Silence of the Girls”. Jones’ William said, “All the shortlisted novels speak clearly about the lives of women in different ways, about oppression and identity and trying to be free in a regime that doesn’t want you to be.”

“I am thrilled and honored. I wasn’t expecting to win. The shortlist was so strong and I was honored to be among them but I had no idea whether I would win. I didn’t write a speech!” the author said, as quoted by a report in The Guardian. It seeks to celebrate and promote international fiction by women worldwide to the widest range of readers possible.

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