Johnson claims fiction prize at American National Book Awards

Johnson claims fiction prize at American National Book Awards

It is often the case that when two books are favourites, a third actually wins. So it was in New York last night at the National Book Awards, held at Cipriani Wall Street, when Adam Johnson’s stories, Fortune Smiles (Random House), prevailed over Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life (Doubleday), and Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies (Riverhead) to win in the fiction category.

Johnson, whose previous novel, The Orphan Master’s Son, was crowned with the Pulitzer, seemed stunned. He said: “I was having the most wonderful calm evening since I honestly knew this was the one thing that wasn’t going to...

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