Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has won the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC)’s prize for fiction for her book Americanah. The Knopf title is about a young woman’s struggles after she moves from Lagos to New York.
The author has won a number of awards for her previous books. She won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, as well the 2006 Orange Broadband Prize a PEN Beyond Margins award and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for her novel Half of a Yellow Sun.
Sheri Fink ’s Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital took the prize for general nonfiction. Amy Wilentz‘s Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti took the prize for autobiography. Leo Damrosch‘s Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World won the biography award. Franco Moretti‘s work Distant Reading won the prize for criticism. Frank Bidart‘s book Metaphysical Dog was awarded the poetry prize.