Continues The Guardian: "The Guardian's literary editor, Claire Armistead, who chaired the judging panel, said she was thrilled to name Gappah as winner, particularly since 2009 is the year of the short story. There had been some wonderful first books, she said, and 'Petina Gappah's humane and disarmingly funny mosaic of life in Zimbabwe is undoubtedly one of the very best.'"
Congratulations, Petina! Read our review of An Elegy for Easterly, an interview with Petina about the collection, and the rest of the Guardian article.
PS I didn't know 2009 was The Year of the Short Story! Oops, it's nearly over. Let's do it again next year.