A new UWA Publishing novel, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao by Padma Viswanathan, has been shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada's richest and most prestigious literary award.
The prize doubled in value this year, with $100,000 going to the winner and $10,000 to each finalist.
The Ever After of Ashwin Rao is Padma Viswanathan's second novel and was published by UWA Publishing last month, following its Canadian release by Random House Canada.
The judging panel described the book, saying "This often droll, fiercely-intelligent novel with its cat's-cradle of a plot challenges the twin deadly lures of religious fundamentalism and racism, revealing the learning and unlearning at the core of the immigrant experience."
Viswanathan's novel is one of six shortlisted for the prize, drawn from 161 books entered this year, which will be announced on Monday 10 November.
Padma Viswanathan is a Canadian fiction writer, playwright and journalist, whose debut novel The Toss of a Lemon, was published internationally and by UWA Publishing in 2009. It was shortlisted for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book Award (Canada and the Caribbean) and the PEN USA Fiction Award.
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