Desai Wins Booker

I was absolutely thrilled yesterday to find out that the 2006 Booker Prize has gone to The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai. What impressed me most about this amazing novel were its wonderfully complex characters, caught in an age of globalization that, while it has made some winners, has created many more losers. I loved how there is no sugar-coating of the immigrant experience (an unfortunately common fault, I think, in recent novels.) It’s a brave book, a smart book, and I hope the prize will get it all the readers it truly deserves.

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