American author Akhil Sharma was announced the winner of the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel Family Life at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House on Thursday, 9th June 2016.
Family Life tells the story of eight-year-old Ajay, whose family move from Delhi to America in 1978. America to the Mishras is everything they could have imagined and more: life is extraordinary until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother severely brain-damaged and the other lost and virtually orphaned in a strange land. Ajay, the family’s younger son, prays to a God he envisions as Superman, longing to find his place amid the ruins of his family’s new life.
Akhil Sharma was born in Delhi, India, and moved with his family to the United States when he was eight. He is also the author of An Obedient Father, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He lives in New York City and is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark.
On on the evening of Friday, 10th June, the author gave a reading, followed by a Q&A session, introduced and moderated by Niall MacMonagle, in the Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street.