Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie’s third novel “Americanah” has been awarded the 2013 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction.
The Heartland Prize is a literary prize created in 1988 by the Chicago Tribune Newspaper. The prize is awarded yearly in two categories, fiction and non-fiction, to books that are concerned with American issues, causes and concerns.
Past fiction winners of the Heartland Prize include Jonathan Franzen for his Novel “Freedom” and Marilynne Robinson for her novel “Gilead”The prize will be presented to her on November 3, 2013 in Chicago.
Elizabeth Taylor, the literary Editor of the Chicago Tribune,said:
“We loved AMERICANAH. It’s a powerful,resonant novel and we would be delighted to celebrate it and try to share it with a wider audience”.
Chimamanda had this to say on the prize:
“I’m very pleased. You never know what will happen when you write a Novel. And for me, a Nigerian, to have written this book which is partly about America, and to receive this quintessentially American prize means that I have said something about America as seen through Nigerian eyes that Americans find interesting. I take that as a wonderful compliment. It reminds me of the ability of literature to make us become briefly alive in bodies not our own.”