Maria Thomas Fiction Awards

 

antonia-sawTHE MARIA THOMAS FICTION AWARD, first presented in 1990, is named after the novelist Maria Thomas [Roberta Worrick (Ethiopia 1971–73)] who was the author of the well-reviewed novel Antonia Saw the Oryx First, and two collections of short stories, Come to Africa and Save Your Marriage: And Other Stories and African Visas: A Novella and Stories, all set in Africa.

Roberta lost her life in August, 1989, while working in Ethiopia for a relief agency. She went down in the plane crash that also killed her husband, Thomas Worrick (Ethiopia 1971–73), and Congressman Mickey Leland of Texas.

The winners are —

2016

landfall-150

Landfall
Ellen Urbani (Guatemala 1991–93)

 

2015
kilometer99

Kilometer 99 — A Novel
Tyler McMahon (El Salvador 1999–2002)

 

2014
glory-kingsThe Glory of the Kings
Dan Close (Ethiopia 1964–66)

 

2013
beach-galle-roadThe Beach at Galle Road: Stories from Sri Lanka
Joanna R. Luloff (Sri Lanka 1996–98)

 

2012
civilized-worldThe Civilized World: A Novel in Stories
Susi Wyss (Central African Republic 1990–92)

 

2011
cold-snapCold Snap: Bulgaria Stories
Cynthia Morrison Phoel (Bulgaria 1994–96)

 

2010
in-an-uncharted-countryIn An Uncharted Country
Clifford Garstang (Korea 1976–77)

 

2009

bakers-boy

The Baker’s Boy: A Novel
Barry Kitterman (Belize 1976–78)

 

2008
disturbance-loving-speciesDisturbance-Loving Species
Peter Chilson (Niger 1985–89)

 

2007
whitemanWhiteman
Tony D’Souza (Cote D’Ivorie 2000–02, Madagascar 2002–03)

 

2006
manhattan-beach-projectThe Manhattan Beach Project
by Peter Lefcourt (Togo 1962–64)

 

2005
this-is-notThis Is Not Civilization
Robert Rosenberg (Kyrgyzstan 1994–96)

 

2004
know-heartKnow It by Heart
Karl Luntta (Botswana 1977–80)

 

2003
in-revereIn Revere, In Those Days
Roland Merullo (Micronesia 1979-80)

 

2002
field-observationsField Observations: Stories
Rob Davidson (Grenada 1990–92)

 

2001
steal-heartSteal My Heart
Mark Brazaitis (Guatemala 1990–93)

 

2000
saviorsSaviors
Paul Eggers (Malaysia 1976–78)

 

1999
ahmeds-revengeAhmed’s Revenge
Richard Wiley (Korea 1967–69)

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1998
stone-cowboyStone Cowboy
Mark Jacobs (Paraguay 1978–80)

 

1997
ivory-crocThe Ivory Crocodile
Eileen Drew (Zaire 1979–81)

 

1996
polite-societyPolite Society
Melanie Sumner (Senegal 1988–90)

 

1995
green-firesGreen Fires: Assault on Eden: A Novel of the Ecuadorian Rainforest
Marnie Mueller (Ecuador 1963–65)

 

1994
swimming-volcanoSwimming in the Volcano
Bob Shachochis (Eastern Caribbean 1975–76)

 

1993
incident-akabalIncident at Akabal
Joanne Omang (Turkey 1964–66)

 

1992
matingMating
Norm Rush (Botswana staff 1968–73)

 

1991

where-youWhere You Once Belonged
Kent Haruf (Turkey 1965–67)

 

1990
For his collected works
Paul Theroux (Malawi 1963–65)

 


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