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Thursday, November 2, 2017

2017 Kirkus Prize for Fiction

The Kirkus Prize for Fiction was announced this evening.  The winner is Lesley Nneka Arimah for What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky.


A debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home.
In “Who Will Greet You at Home, a woman desperate for a child weaves one out of hair, with unsettling results.  In “Wild,” a disastrous night out shifts a teenager and her Nigerian cousin onto uneasy common ground.  In "The Future Looks Good," three generations of women are haunted by the ghosts of war, while in "Light," a father struggles to protect and empower the daughter he loves.  And in the title story, in a world ravaged by flood and riven by class, experts have discovered how to "fix the equation of a person" - with rippling, unforeseen repercussions.

$50,000 (US) is bestowed annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature.