Photo: 'Miss Lora' Wins London Times Award
Pulitzer Prize winning author, Junot Diaz’ short story “Miss Lora” has won the prestigious London Times Short Story Award for 2013 and a cash prize of 30,000 English Pounds ($45,000). This awards is the world’s richest short story prize given out.
The Dominican author won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”, his first book, and is the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award.
“Miss Lora” is written in Spanglish and takes place in New Jersey during the ‘80s. It tells the story of the inappropriate relationship between an older woman and a teenager. The judges panel noted that Diaz story stood out “with its precise, unflinching prose, and with its brilliant evocation of an immigrant world struggling with modernity.”
The ‘Miss Lora’ story is part of Diaz’ short story collection ‘This Is How You Lose Her’ a National Book Award 2012 finalist.