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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award winners

This year's Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest, sponsored by Amazon, Penguin Group and CreateSpace "in search of the next popular novel," includes for the first time a YA category. Winners are:

General Fiction: Farishta by Patricia McArdle (Riverhead/Penguin, $24.95)
YA Fiction: Sign Language by Amy Ackley (Viking/Penguin, $16.99)

McArdle and Ackley each receive a $15,000 advance and publication by Penguin. Amazon customers voted on the nominees. McArdle, a retired American diplomat who lives in Arlington, Va., follows a female U.S. diplomat in northern Afghanistan who provides aid to refugee women fleeing the violence there. She becomes their farishta, or "angel," in the Dari language. Ackley's career has spanned everything from public administration to labor relations for top automakers. She lives in Brighton, Mich., and is the mother of three children. Ackley was moved to write Sign Language after the death of her father and two close friends to cancer

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