PEN/Hemingway judges Cristina Garcia, Dinaw Mengestu and Scott Simon called "There There" a "devastatingly beautiful novel, as acutely attuned to our current cultural and political condition as it is to the indelible legacy of violence that brought us here."
For the PEN/Hemingway award, Orange receives $25,000, along with a month-long fellowship at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. Ernest Hemingway's grandson Sean Hemingway will present the award to Orange at an April 7 ceremony at Boston's John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, where the late author's archives are stored. Previous winners include Colson Whitehead, Jhumpa Lahiri and George Saunders.
Akwaeke Emezi's "Freshwater" and Ling Ma's "Severance" were runners-up for this year's award.