Posted on September 9, 2021 at 10:40 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Susanna Clarke's debut novel should have put her on the literary map.

Instead, the touring in its support caused her to develop chronic fatigue syndrome, and it took seventeen years for her to finish the follow-up to it.

But now, that second novel — Piranesi — has received the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Piranesi is "a truly original, unexpected flight of fancy which melds genres and challenges preconceptions about what books should be,” said Booker-winning novelist Bernardine Evaristo, who served as the chair of judges for the Women's Prize, according to the Guardian.

Clarke, in accepting the award and its purse of £30,000 (over $41,500), described her win as "doubly extraordinary," since for years she doubted the novel would even be written.

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