We are thrilled to announce that Randa Jarrar's short story collection Him, Me, Muhammad Ali has won the 2017 Story Prize Spotlight Award! The Story Prize Spotlight award goes to one short story collection of exceptional merit each year. Awards can be promising works by first-time authors, collections in alternative formats, or works that demonstrate an unusual perspective on the writer's craft. Jarrar joins Sarabande writer Kyle Minor, author of Praying Drunk, on this prestigious list of upcoming and noteworthy story collections.
This award comes after a series of glowing reviews and an impressive array of enthusiastic praise for Jarrar. New York Magazine writes, "Jarrar’s characters are memorable, with experiences and observations that oscillate between deeply moving and riotously funny—often on the same page—and she expertly incorporates occasional moments of magical realism in this truly excellent short-story collection." The Los Angeles Review of Books raves: “These stories showcase the strength and talent of a writer of immeasurable gift and grace, who confronts the poignant and often brutal realities her characters face with sass and verve.”
Sarabande warmly congratulates Randa Jarrar on this latest achievement and look forward to all that is to come for her in 2017!