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Akhil Sharma

India (b.1971)

Born in Delhi, Sharma emigrated to the U.S. at the age of eight, and attended Princeton University, where he studied writing with Toni Morrison, Russell Banks, Joyce Carol Oates, and Paul Auster, among others. After graduation, Sharma was awarded a Stegner Fellowship in the Stanford University Creative Writing Program. He subsequently earned a degree at Harvard Law School.

Sharma's short fiction has appeared in the Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies. His short story "Cosmopolitan" was adapted as a 2003 TV movie that was featured on the PBS series, Independent Lens.
Rathbone Folio Prize Best Book winner (2015) : Family Life
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Book winner (2016) : Family Life

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