Malayali novelist Sarah Thankam Mathews shortlisted for America's prestigious literary prize

Sarah Thankam Mathews
Sarah Thankam Mathews. The cover of her debut novel. Photo: Twitter/ @smarthewss

Sarah Thankam Mathews, a Malayali settled in the US, has been shortlisted for the prestigious National Book Awards.

Sarah is one of the finalists in fiction. Her debut novel, 'All This Could Be Different', has got her within touching distance of America's prestigious annual literary awards given by the National Book Foundation.

Sarah, who was born in India, grew up in Oman before migrating to the US at the age of 17. The protagonist in her novel is also an immigrant from India.

Sarah is a former Rona Jaffe Fellow in fiction at the Iowa Writer's Workshop and a Margins Fellow at The Asian American Writers Workshop. She is a recipient of the Best American Short Stories 2020 award.

She took to Twitter to announce her delight at being declared one of the finalists. I'm "bursting with joy", she tweeted before replying to each tweet congratulating her success.

Tess Gunty (The Rabbit Hutch), Gayl Jones (The Birdcatcher), Jamil Jan Kochai (The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories) and Alejandro Varela (The Town of Babylon) are the other fiction nominees.

The Foundation said in a release that the winner will be announced on November 16.

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