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Newton’s Ottessa Moshfegh wins 2016 PEN/Hemingway Award

Ottessa Moshfegh will receive the award on April 10 in Boston.
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Ottessa Moshfegh will receive the award on April 10 in Boston.

PEN New England announced Tuesday that Ottessa Moshfegh, who was raised in Newton, is the winner of the 2016 PEN/Hemingway Award — honoring a distinguished first novel — for her book, “Eileen.” Patrick Hemingway, the son of Ernest Hemingway, will present the award to Moshfegh on April 10 in Boston. Moshfegh joins other notable PEN/Hemingway winners and honorees, including Marilynne Robinson, Edward P. Jones, Jhumpa Lahiri, Colson Whitehead, Lily King, Jennifer Haigh, ZZ Packer, George Saunders, Ha Jin, Sherman Alexie, Junot Díaz, Yiyun Li, Ben Fountain, and Teju Cole. This year’s judges — authors Alexandra Marshall, Jay Parini, and former PEN/Hemingway winner Joshua Ferris — praised Moshfegh for her “prowess and her promise.” Moshfegh will receive a $25,000 prize from the Hemingway family and the Hemingway Society; a residency from the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series at the University of Idaho’s MFA Creative Writing Program; and a monthlong Residency Fellowship at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, a retreat for artists and writers.

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