I'm beginning to think that all good news comes to me when I am on the subway. First it was news of my O, the Oprah Magazine and Essence reviews, now it's news that I am among an estimable group of writers long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.
About the prize, from the center for fiction website: "Our First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1 and December 31 of the award year. The author of the winning book is awarded $10,000 and each shortlisted author recieves $1,000. The Short List will be announced on September 15, 2015. The winner will be announced at our Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner on Tuesday, December 8 at The Metropolitan Club."