Posted on June 14, 2023 at 2:57 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Huge congratulations are in order for author Barbara Kingsolver, who has become the first writer to win the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

This year, she won for Demon Copperhead, an Appalachian reimagining of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens; in 2010, she won it for The Lacuna (and in 2013 was shortlisted for Flight Behavior).

The panel unanimously chose Demon Copperhead for the £30,000 (about $35,300) prize this year, reports the Guardian.

Judges were "deeply moved by Demon, his gentle optimism, resilience and determination despite everything being set against him," according to the paper.

(Not to take anything away from Kingsolver, but merely to share another point of interest: the Guardian noted yesterday that Demon Copperhead sold the third most copies of the six shortlisted books, with Maggie O'Farrell's The Marriage Portrait topping that list.)

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