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Nigerian author Adichie wins national fiction prize

NEW YORK--Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's “Americanah,” a novel about race and identity by the acclaimed Nigerian author, has won the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction.

Adichie, whose other works include “Half of a Yellow Sun,” was chosen over “The Goldfinch” author Donna Tartt and three other finalists.

Sheri Fink's book on Hurricane Katrina, “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death In a Storm-Ravaged Hospital,” won for nonfiction. The biography winner was Leo Damrosch's “Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World” and Amy Wilentz's “Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti” received the autobiography prize.

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