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On writing the book, Lynch said, “This was not an easy book to write. The rational part of me believed I was dooming my career by writing this novel, though I had to write the book anyway. We do not have a choice in such matters.”
This year’s judging panel chair, Canadian writer Esi Edugyan, said the book is “a triumph of emotional storytelling, bracing and brave.”
With the win comes a £50,000 ($63,000) cash prize, as well as a very likely boost in book sales.
To see the other books that made it to the longlist, check out our previous coverage.