NEW YORK, April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Quality Paperback Book Club (QPB) and The Random House Publishing Group announced the winner of the 2011 New Voices award today. The award has been given to Tea Obreht for her novel, The Tiger's Wife (Random House).
The New Voices award and cash prize is presented yearly by Quality Paperback Book Club to a writer of an outstanding work of debut fiction. Past award winners include Miranda July for No One Belongs Here More Than You, Yann Martel for Life of Pi, David Foster Wallace for Girl with Curious Hair and Richard Russo for The Risk Pool.
"The Quality Paperback Book Club is proud to champion new writers and the New Voices award is our way of drawing attention to an important new voice in the fiction world," said Michael Connor, Senior Editor, the Quality Paperback Book Club.
Winner Tea Obreht had this to say, "I'm so honored to be chosen for the QPB New Voices award, especially given the incredible roster of books by all the other finalists. Thank you so much to QPB for this recognition, and for the spotlight they shine every year on emerging writers."
"I'm delighted that QPB has recognized The Tiger's Wife with this honor, and thankful for all their help in ensuring Tea's work reaches the largest possible audience," said Noah Eaker, Editor, Random House.
About the winning book:
The Tiger's Wife: In a Balkan country mending from years of conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea. Once there, she feels age-old superstitions gathering everywhere around her…and vast secrets hidden in the landscape itself. Meanwhile, she's battling her own ghosts: namely, the mysterious death of her grandfather. She begins to search for "the deathless man," an immortal vagabond from her grandfather's stories. This is a brilliantly imaginative novel about the power of storytelling and one woman's unquenchable thirst for answers and meaning.
Founded in 1974, the Quality Paperback Book Club is one of the best-known and most-respected book clubs in the world. It serves a large audience of general-interest readers, offering a vast selection of the best new titles available only through the club in exclusive paperback editions. Subjects include literary fiction, nonfiction, popular culture, self-help and more. You can visit Quality Paperback Book Club at www.qpb.com. Quality Paperback Book Club is operated by Direct Brands' affiliate Bookspan. Direct Brands is also home to Doubleday Book Club, Book-of-the-Month Club and Columbia House.
The Random House Publishing Group is a division of Random House Inc., the world's largest trade-book publisher, whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG.
SOURCE Quality Paperback Book Club