In continued proof that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is becoming as famous as Beyoncé, which would be entirely fine with us, the Americanah author scooped up the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. The award was given out on Thursday night at Manhattan's New School, during which Adichie was named among the newest class of NBCC honorees.
Adichie beat out four other highly lauded novels for the honor, including Donna Tartt's touted Goldfinch and Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being. (In fact, four of the five names on the shortlist were women, to which we raised a glass back when nods first came out.)
As the LA Times points out, Adichie is no stranger to accolades: she's already snagged both an Orange Prize and a MacArthur Genius Grant. We doubt, however, her past honors make the 2013 NBCC win any less sweet.
Other notable winners for the night include Sheri Fink, whose work Five Days at Memorial about a New Orleans hospital in the wake of Hurricane Katrina took home the non-fiction prize, and Anthony Marra's endlessly buzzed-about A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, which was awarded the first-ever John Leonard prize, honoring a debut work in any genre.
Publisher's Weekly has a full recap of the 2013 NBCC winners. Cheers to all the recipients.