Monday, June 18, 2007

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wins Orange Prize

From a Guardian article by John Ezard:
"Nigerian war epic sweeps to Orange prize victory" —

Although she was up against this year's Man Booker prize winner, Kiran Desai's sumptuously written The Inheritance of Loss, and a highly rated US bestseller, Anne Tyler's Digging to America, Adichie's saga inspired a rare unanimity. This held firm both among the judges and the readers who voted for it via text messages to the prize website.

The judges' chair for the women-only contest, the writer and broadcaster Muriel Gray, said they were "hugely impressed by the power, ambition and skill of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel. It's astonishing, not just in the skillful subject matter, but in the brilliance of its accessibility. This is a moving and important book by an incredibly exciting author. "


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