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    Zain Khalid has won the 2023 Young Lions Award.

    Janet Manley

    June 16, 2023, 8:42am

    The 23rd Young Lions Fiction Award, handed out by the New York Public Library to a novel or collection of short stories, went to Brothers Alive author Zain Khalid at a June 15th ceremony.

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    The $10,000 award recognizes a writer under 35, and was judged this year by Venita Blackburn, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, and Catherine Lacey.

    Brother Alive

    Per a synopsis given by the New York Public Library, Brothers Alive follows:

    three adopted brothers—Dayo, Iseul, and Youssef—who live above a mosque in Staten Island with their imam father. Youssef shares everything with his brothers, except for one secret: he sees a shapeshifting, hallucinatory double called Brother, an imaginary friend who seems absolutely real.

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    Khalid’s debut novel was also nominated for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize. He has also written for N+1, Astra Magazine, and McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, among other outlets (ahem here he is writing sharply about death for Lit Hub), and is fiction editor for The Drift.

    The shortlist included:

    Fatimah Asghar for When We Were Sisters

    Elaine Hsieh Chou for Disorientation

    Reyes Ramirez for The Book of Wanderers

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    David Sanchez for All Day is a Long Time

    Patience and Fortitude no doubt approve. Congrats, Zain!

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