Posted on 06/20/2018 at 05:30 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A novel that was repeatedly rejected by big-name publishers has won the prestigious Desmond Elliott Prize.

Preti Taneja’s We That Are Young, a reimagining of King Lear set in contemporary India, received the award, which goes to a debut novel written in English and published in the U.K.

The prize’s judges, after finishing the book, “sat together shaking our heads, saying, ‘If this is her first novel, what extraordinary work will come next?’” according to The Guardian.

Earlier this week, Taneja said during a podcast interview that her manuscript was met with “absolute deafening silence” when she first shopped it.

Fortunately, the smaller independent press Galley Beggar Press picked it up in 2016.

Read more about the book and its accolades on The Guardian.

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