American Marriage by Tayari Jones wins $35K US Aspen Words Literary Prize
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones has won the 2019 Aspen Words Literary Prize. The winner was announced on Thursday at the Morgan Library in New York City.
Now in its second year, the Aspen Words Literary Prize recognizes "an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture."
An American Marriage explores the myth of the American Dream through the lens of race and class. It tells the story of a young couple whose lives are torn apart when Roy, a black man, is incarcerated for a crime he did not commit.
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Works of fiction published by an American publisher are eligible for the prize, regardless of the author's nationality or residency. The prize is administered by the Washington, D.C.-based think tank, The Aspen Institute.
Last year's winner was Mohsin Hamid for his novel Exit West.