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Akhil Sharma wins Folio Prize

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Indian American author Akhil Sharma’s “Family Life” has won the the Folio Prize, a popular English language book award.

Akhil Sharma
Akhil Sharma

“Family Life”, the story of the Mishras who migrate from India to the US in the late 1970s.

This semi-autobiographical account of author’s life was one of the eight books shortlisted for this prestigious award that is given to an English-language book published in the Britain by an author from any country.

The novel is published in Britain by Faber and in India by Penguin Random House.

Sharma’s novel was pitted against the likes of Colm Toibin’s “Nora Webster”, Ali Smith’s “How to Be Both”, Rachel Cusk’s “Outline”, “10:04” by Ben Lerner, “All My Puny Sorrows” by Miriam Toews, “Dept. of Speculation” by Jenny Offill and Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s “Dust”.

Born in Delhi and emigrated to the US in 1979, Sharma won £40,000 prize for his novel.

 

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