Kiran Desai '93

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Kiran Desai ’93 is the internationally acclaimed author of The Inheritance of Loss, which won the 2006 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award. The novel, Desai’s second, explores the impact of British colonization in India.

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She first came to literary attention in 1997 when she was published in The New Yorker and in Mirrorwork, an anthology of 50 years of Indian writing edited by Salman Rushdie. Her first novel, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, was published in 1998 and went on to win the Betty Trask Award, a prize given by the Society of Authors for the best new novels by citizens of the Commonwealth of Nations under the age of 35.