After three hours of deliberation, the Antillo-Guyanese high school students awarded the 17th Carbet High School Prize to Alecia McKenzie for her novel Sweetheart (or Trésor in French). Alecia was neck-to-shoulder with Daniel Picouly, but finally won the vote. Author of five books and born in Jamaica, the writer is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She is also a journalist.
The jury president, Raphaëlle Killick, described the "fluid and captivating style" of the author, and a book which depicts a "realistic and modern" central character.
Six Caribbean books were in the running, including that of Daniel Picouly for Martinique with his book Le Cri muet de l'iguane, and Raymond Boutin from Guadeloupe for Une aube de vie.
Alecia McKenzie is expected in Guadeloupe on 26 April 2017 to receive her prize at a festive ceremony held in the Salle Laura Flessel in Petit-Bourg.
"I'm very happy with the result. Treasure was a bit of a favorite for everyone. The author addresses many subjects such as illness, friendship, family relations, etc. Themes that can affect everyone. Feelings and emotions are also very present. The main character, Dulcinéa, embodies that of the strong woman who gives herself the means to obtain what she wants. A very motivating message for us, students," said Clarence Magne.
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