Serbian-American author Téa Obreht has won the Orange Prize for Fiction for her novel The Tiger’s Wife. At only 25 years old, the New York“based writer is the youngest winner in the prize’s 16-year history.
Obreht’s win came as a surprise to many, including those U.K. bookies who had placed their bets on Emma Donoghue’s Room. But Donoghue won’t be returning to Canada empty-handed: yesterday Room was declared winner of the Orange Youth Prize. Six teenagers picked Donoghue’s novel from the Orange prize shortlist, which also included Aminatta Forna’s The Memory of Love, Emma Henderson’s Grace Williams Says it Loud, Nicole Krauss’s Great House, and fellow Canadian Kathleen Winter’s Annabel. Amazon.co.uk also declared Room the most popular, with 69 per cent of the shortlist’s sales.
The Orange prize celebrates “excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing.” The winner receives a cheque for £30,000.