Lily Tuck's latest novel, The News from Paraguay, was given a new life, thanks to a 2004 National Book Award nomination and subsequent win. "The book was about to disappear completely," she reveals in an interview with Beatrice.com. "There's a sticker on my book now, so whatever happens, I feel that I'm more on the map, and that's enjoyable."
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New York, New York
Date of Birth:
October 10, 1938
Place of Birth:
B.A., Radcliffe (Harvard); M.A., Sorbonne, Paris
|2004 National Book Award Winner|
|The News from Paraguay|
A historical epic that tells an unusual love story, Tuck's National Book Award winner in the fiction category offers a riveting portrait of nineteenth-century Paraguay. "Elegant... reading The News from Paraguay feels like looking into a crystal ball: seeing pieces of a garden, storm clouds building, lives passing," reflects the Los Angeles Times.
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|"English is actually my third language," Tuck reveals in our exclusive interview. "I was born in France and thus first spoke French, next I lived in South America and learned Spanish. I came to the United States when I was ten years old and I claim (probably not quite true) that I did not open my mouth once in school for the whole of the first year -- or until I could speak English without an accent -- as I did not want my classmates to tease or make fun of me."|