Family Life by Akhil Sharma wins 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award

Akhil Sharma is the third American author to win the prize in its 21 year history.

Created On: Jun 10, 2016 11:14 ISTModified On: Jun 14, 2016 08:40 IST

Family LifeAmerican author Akhil Sharma on 9 June 2016 won the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel Family Life.

Family Life was chosen from a total of 160 titles, nominated by libraries in 118 cities in 43 countries. It was first published in the USA by W.W. Norton and in the UK by Faber & Faber.

Sharma is the third American author to win the prize in its 21 year history.

The book Family Life tells the story of eight-year-old Ajay, whose family move from Delhi to America in 1978.

Who is Akhil Sharma?

Akhil Sharma was born in Delhi on 22 July 1971.

He immigrated to the United States when he was eight, and grew up in Edison, New Jersey.

He graduated from J.P. Stevens High School.

He studied at Princeton University, where he earned his B.A. in public policy at the Woodrow Wilson School.

He won a Stegner Fellowship to the writing program at Stanford, where he won several O. Henry Prizes.

His first novel is An Obedient Father.

In 2001, he won PEN/Hemingway Award for An Obedient Father.

About International DUBLIN Literary Award

The International DUBLIN Literary Award is an international literary award.

The award was established in 1994 as the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

It is awarded each year for a novel written in English or translated into English.

It aims to promote excellence in world literature and is solely sponsored by the City of Dublin, Ireland.

At 100000 euro, the award is one of the richest literary prizes in the world.

If the winning book is a translation, the prize is divided between the writer and the translator with the writer receiving 75000 euro and the translator 25000 euro.

Jim Crace won the 2015 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel Harvest.

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