Posted on November 3, 2022 at 2:21 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Brigitte Giraud, an author whose works often center on loss, has won the 2022 Prix Goncourt.

The New York Times reports that her novel Vivre Vite (Living Fast) impressed judges for its universality; it explores the various decisions that led up to Giraud’s partner's death in a motorcycle accident and the wonderings about how things could have been different, were different decisions made.

It also notes that none of Giraud's novels and short-story collections are currently available in English, but that many prize winners go on to be translated.

The Prix Goncourt is France's oldest and most prestigious literary prize.

The prize brings a symbolic 10 euros (about $10 today) to its recipient, but also a dramatic spike in sales.

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