Tea Obreht, 25, is youngest winner of Orange Prize for Fiction

Via The New York Times:

Tea Obreht won the Orange Prize for Fiction on Wednesday for her debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife,” making herat 25 the youngest person to win the award. The winner, chosen by a panel of five judges, was announced in London. The award is given annually for the best novel written in English by a woman and comes with a prize of about $49,000.

Bettany Hughes, the chairwoman of the judges, said in a statement: “Obreht’s powers of observation and her understanding of the world are remarkable. By skilfully spinning a series of magical tales she has managed to bring the tragedy of chronic Balkan conflict thumping into our front rooms with a bittersweet vivacity.” The other finalists were Emma Donoghue, Aminatta Forna, Emma Henderson, Nicole Krauss and Kathleen Winter.