Indian-Americans on the National Book Awards Shortlist in 2022

Indian-Americans on the National Book Awards Shortlist in 2022

Sarah Thankam Mathews, an Indian-American novelist, is one of the finalists for the 2022 National Book Awards, which will be announced on November 16 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. 'All This Could Be Different,' Mathews' debut novel, is nominated in the fiction category and follows the story of a young LGBT immigrant who forges a community for herself while battling with capitalism's harsh demands.

"I simply will never get over this," Mathews tweeted after The New York Times revealed her identity earlier this week. Mathews grew up in Oman and India before moving to the United States at the age of seventeen. Her writing has appeared in magazines such as AGNI, SSENSE, and Best American Short Stories. She received a Rona Jaffe grant at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and was a 2020 Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers' Workshop.

"Sarah Thankam Mathews has written one of the year's buzziest, and most human, books," Vogue stated. "…a magnificent novel, prickly and delicate, scathingly hilarious and deeply affecting. Sarah Thankam Mathews is a wonderful writer, with each ringing syllable containing both bite and emotion "Matrix novelist Lauren Groff stated. There will be a total of 25 finalists competing for the awards. This year's National Book Awards had 1,772 submissions from publishers: 463 in fiction, 607 in nonfiction, 260 in poetry, 146 in translated literature, and 296 in young people's literature.

(source : IANS)

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