Ruth Ozeki wins Women’s Prize for Fiction

The prestigious literary prize was awarded to Canadian-American author Ruth Ozeki for her novel “The Book of Form and Emptiness.”

Now in its 27th year, the Women’s Prize for Fiction is given to a female English-language writer from anywhere in the world whose voice rings true.

Ozeki’s philisophical story is about a 14-year-old boy and his relationship to the objects in his house, which talk to him after the death of his father.

As the winner, Ozeki takes home 30,000 pounds sterling ($36,000 or €34,900) and a bronze figurine called Bessie, both of which are funded by an anonymous donor. The recognition will, in turn, help the author sell her books and further bring her name to the public.