AWP has announced that Susan Muaddi Darraj’s book of short stories, A Curious Land: Stories from Home, has won the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction.
Here’s what judge Jaime Manrique had to say about A Curious Land, which is set in both the Palestinian West Bank and in the United States: “These linked stories about the people of the village of Tel al-Hilou, and their descendants in today’s United States of America, span over a century. The author’s empathy for the large cast of embattled characters is miraculous. In particular, we get to know the quietly heroic Palestinian women in these stories as intimately as we know the people closest to us. Astonishingly, this collection is, above all, about the transformative powers of love.”
A Curious Land: Stories from Home will be published in 2015 by the University of Massachusetts Press.