Jim Crace wins literary prize

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Michael Schaub

Bri­tish au­thor Jim Crace on Wed­nes­day won the In­ter­na­tional IM­PAC Dublin Literary Award, one of the most lu­cra­tive literary prizes in the world, for his novel “Harvest.”

Crace beat out nine other writ­ers, in­clud­ing Chi­ma­manda Ngozi Adichie (“Amer­i­canah”) and Colum McCann (“TransAt­lantic”). The award is worth about $112,000.

“It has been an over­whelm­ing sur­prise and a de­light to dis­cover that my latest book has won the IM­PAC Dublin award,” Crace said in a news re­lease, adding that “Harvest” joins “the distin­guished and twenty-year-long list of fic­tion hon­oured by this truly in­ter­na­tional and dis­crim­i­nat­ing award. No writer could hope for more than that.”

“Harvest” tells the story of a week in a tiny English vil­lage, where res­i­dents be­come con­cerned about the ar­rival of three strangers and a mys­te­ri­ous fire that burns down a sta­ble and a dove­cote in the town.

In The Times, David L. Ulin called the novel “deftly writ­ten” and “tightly plot­ted.” “He’s been hint­ing at re­tire­ment since 2008 or so,” Ulin said, “but in many ways this book feels like a sum­ming up.”

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