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Sask. writer Dianne Warren wins $20K Glengarry Book Award for novel The Diamond House

Dianne Warren's novel The Diamond House receives the inaugural Glengarry Book Award, which celebrates English-language fiction by writers from Saskatchewan.

The $20,000 prize recognizes English-language fiction written by writers from Saskatchewan

The Diamond House is a book by Dianne Warren. (HarperCollins Canada, Don Hall)

Regina-based writer Dianne Warren has won the inaugural Glengarry Book Award for The Diamond House, a novel about the rebellious daughter of a successful businessman.

The $20,000 prize recognizes English-language fiction written by writers from Saskatchewan.

"Dianne Warren has made a significant contribution to Canadian literature," said Claire Kramer, a founding trustee of the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts.

"She paints her actors with a fine brush and has a strong perception of character. The Diamond House is a great read."

Warren is a Canadian writer and dramatist. Her 2010 novel Cool Water won the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction. She is also the author of the novel Liberty Street and three short story collections.

Warren's century-sweeping novel The Diamond House follows the life of Estella Diamond, who grows up as the youngest child of a conservative brick-factory owner in Regina. When Estella uncovers her father's previous secret marriage, she becomes enchanted by the fiery independence of his first wife. At first Estella tries to be the dutiful daughter her father expects, but she eventually gives into her own rebellious nature.

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"It's such a great honour to be the first recipient of this prize," said Warren in a press release statement.

"When you are in the process of writing a novel, you are so immersed in the world of the story that it feels alive, and there is a kind of loss when the book is finished ... It is very difficult for all the good Canadian books to garner the attention they deserve, and I am grateful for every new reader that the Glengarry Prize might attract to The Diamond House."

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