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Debut novelist Sarah Epstein wins Young Adult Fiction Award at Adelaide Festival

4/11/2020 3:21 PM
Debut novelist Sarah Epstein wins Young Adult Fiction Award at Adelaide Festival

Sarah Epstein of Walker Books Australia has won the Young Adult Fiction Award at the Adelaide Festival for Literature for her debut novel, Small Spaces.

The awards are presented every two years during Adelaide Writer’s Week, which is part of the Adelaide Festival.

The $15,000 prize was not the first for Epstein, who also won the Davitt Award for Best YA Crime Novel.

Small Spaces is also a CBCA Honour Book and was shortlisted for seven other prizes.

It centres on Tash Carmody, a teenager who has been traumatised since childhood, when she watched her gruesome imaginary friend, Sparrow, lure young Mallory Fisher away from a carnival.

Mallory Fisher is now 15 and mute, having never spoken about the week she went missing.

As Tash experiences resurfacing memories and begins to see Sparrow again, she realises Mallory is her only hope of finding answers.

Epstein grew up in Sydney, where she spent her time writing, drawing and daydreaming.

She now lives in Melbourne with her family, where she also works as an illustrator and a designer.

The YA thriller genre is her favourite to read.

Small Spaces is her first novel, and her second, Deep Water, is due for an April 2020 release.

Read our q&a with Sarah Epstein here.