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Jesmyn Ward wins National Book Award for fiction!


Salvage the Bones

HUGE congratulations to friend of FWR Jesmyn Ward, who just won the 2011 National Book Award for fiction for her novel Salvage the Bones!

In reviewing Ward’s novel, Ron Charles wrote in the Washington Post,

When the finalists for the National Book Award in Fiction were announced last month, I’m embarrassed to admit that I was among those critics grumbling about the obscurity of some of the authors (Andrew Krivak?), even some of the publishers (Lookout Books?). […]

I’m happy to eat my words. And my spinach. I’ve just read another one of the so-called obscure finalists, “Salvage the Bones ,” the second book from Alabama writer Jesmyn Ward, and it’ll be a long time before its magic wears off.

You can read an interview with Jesmyn right here on Fiction Writers Review. Congratulations again, Jesmyn!


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  • Ron Charles might have to eat his words twice–Jesmyn Ward is a Mississippi writer who currently teaches in Alabama. But he’s got good taste. The book is magic, indeed.

    Huge congrats, Jesmyn! We’re proud as hell.

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