Indian-American Sarah Thankam Mathews shortlisted for 2022 National Book Awards – The New Indian Express

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NEW YORK: Indian-American author Sarah Thankam Mathews is among the finalists for the 2022 National Book Awards, to be announced Nov. 16 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

Mathews’ debut novel, “It Could Be Any Different,” is listed in the fiction category and tells the story of a queer immigrant girl who builds community while struggling against the oppressive demands of capitalism.

“I will just never get over this,” Mathews tweeted after his name was announced by The New York Times earlier this week.

Mathews grew up between Oman and India, and moved to the United States at seventeen. Her work has been published in places like AGNI, SSENSE, and Best American Short Stories.

She was a 2020 Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Fellowship at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

“Sarah Thankam Mathews has written one of the most lively and human books of the year,” said Vogue.

“…an extraordinary novel, thorny and delicate, comically scathing and immensely moving. Sarah Thankam Mathews is a brilliant writer, whose every resounding sentence has both bite and heart,” said Lauren Groff, author of The Matrix.

A total of 25 finalists will be vying for the awards. Publishers submitted a total of 1,772 books for this year’s National Book Awards: 463 in fiction, 607 in non-fiction, 260 in poetry, 146 in translated literature and 296 in children’s literature.

NEW YORK: Indian-American author Sarah Thankam Mathews is among the finalists for the 2022 National Book Awards, to be announced Nov. 16 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Mathews’ debut novel, “It Could Be Any Different,” is listed in the fiction category and tells the story of a queer immigrant girl who builds community while struggling against the oppressive demands of capitalism. “I will just never get over this,” Mathews tweeted after his name was announced by The New York Times earlier this week. Mathews grew up between Oman and India, and moved to the United States at seventeen. Her work has been published in places like AGNI, SSENSE, and Best American Short Stories. She was a 2020 Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Fellowship at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. “Sarah Thankam Mathews has written one of the most lively and human books of the year,” said Vogue. “…an extraordinary novel, thorny and delicate, comically scathing and immensely moving. Sarah Thankam Mathews is a brilliant writer, whose every resounding sentence has both bite and heart,” said Lauren Groff, author of The Matrix. A total of 25 finalists will be vying for the awards. Publishers submitted a total of 1,772 books for this year’s National Book Awards: 463 in fiction, 607 in non-fiction, 260 in poetry, 146 in translated literature and 296 in children’s literature.

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