I have long awaited the announcement of the winner of the 2011 Orange Prize for fiction. At last, it’s here. As I counted months and days and hours and minutes and seconds, finally the award goes to 25 year old Serbian/American author, Tea Obreht. Winning the award with her debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, she becomes the youngest-ever author to take the prize.
Bettany Hughes, Chair of Judges, said: ‘The Tiger’s Wife is an exceptional book and Tea Obreht is a truly exciting new talent. Obreht’s powers of observation and her understanding of the world are remarkable. By skillfully spinning a series of magical tales she has managed to bring the tragedy of chronic Balkan conflict thumping into our front rooms with a bittersweet vivacity.’
Congratulations to Tea Obreht.
You may want to read the full announcement here.