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Akhil Sharma wins Folio Prize for Fiction

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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 heart wrenching search for the American dream. He won this prize for his second book, Family Life.

Writing it was a challenging task for him.I’m glad the book exists, I just wish I hadn’t been the guy who wrote it,” he said.

William Fiennes, who chaired the Judges, praised the novel, currently a bestseller in the US, as “lucid, compassionate, quietly funny”

Akhil Sharma:

  • He is an award-winning Indian-American author and professor of creative writing.
  • Sharma is an assistant professor in the creative writing MFA program at Rutgers University-Newark.
  • Sharma’s first novel is An Obedient Father, published in 2000.
  • Sharma won the Folio prize for his second novel, Family Life written in 2014.
  • It took him 13 years to complete the book

About Folio Prize

  • The Folio Prize is a literary award sponsored by the London-based publisher The Folio Society.
  • It is given to an English-language book of fiction published in the UK by an author from any country
  • The first award was presented in March of 2014.
  • It carries the price of 40,000 pounds.