2006 Booker Prize for Fiction
INDIA-BORN KIRAN DESAI, a daughter of the Diaspora, has won the 2006 Booker Prize for Fiction with her second novel, The Inheritance of Loss (2006), an intelligent crosscultural novel that delves into such issues as “identity, displacement and the indissoluble bonds of family.” With this accolade, she has become, at 35, the youngest women ever to have won the prize since its inception in 1969. (The youngest ever winner was of course Ben Okri who landed the Booker Prize for The Famished Road in 1991 at the age of 32.) Congratulations!
If you’ve enjoyed Kiran Desai’s modest début, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard (1998), a whimsical yet poignant Indian parable of love, life and family that blends folkloric magic with satirical comedy and written in prose “lush and intensely imagined,” you are in for another enchanting treat. In her long-awaited second novel, The Inheritance of Loss, Desai sets her story of love, life and family against the backdrop of a rising insurgency in the northeastern Himalayas.
DESAI Kiran [1971-] Novelist; daughter of novelist Anita Desai. Born in Chandigarh, India. Novels The Inheritance of Loss (2006: winner of the 2006 Booker Prize for Fiction); Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard (1998: winner of the 1998 Betty Trask Prize for Best First Novel)
Shortlisted authors: Hisham Matar, Kate Grenville, M.J. Hyland, Kiran Desai, Sarah Waters and Edward St. Aubyn