Lynn Lurie Awarded 2007 Juniper Prize for Fiction for Novel
Madison, NJ (September 4, 2007) — Lynn Lurie, a core faculty member at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, has been awarded the 2007 Juniper Prize for Fiction for her first novel, "Corner of the Dead." The award, presented annually by the University of Massachusetts, honors and publishes outstanding works of literary fiction.
"Corner of the Dead" tells the story of Lisette, a young photojournalist bearing witness to the genocide of the Peruvian Indians she has decided to live amongst. The story depicts the reign of violence perpetrated by the Shining Path Guerillas, a Maoist based organization, the subsequent authoritarian counter attack by the Peruvian government and the humanitarian groups that tried to help. The work was Lurie's thesis for the Master of Arts in Fine Arts (MFA) in creative writing program at FDU. The novel will be published by the University of Massachusetts Press in the spring of 2008.
Lurie served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador in 1980-82, helping to procure funding to build a factory in the highlands. After returning to the U.S., she covered Ecuador, Panama and Colombia for Business International, primarily as a financial reporter. Her experiences working with South and Central American natives have guided her writing and current initiatives.
In addition to working as an attorney and professor, Lurie is a volunteer translator and administrator for medical trips that provide surgery free of charge to indigent children in South and Central America. She is working to establish a microtia clinic for children in Ica, Peru, which will be funded in part by the proceeds from the Juniper Prize.
As an attorney, Lurie has worked in Newark, N.J., at a Community Development Corporation providing low-income Section 8 housing under the Clinton Administration. In the private sector she aided an initiative to repatriate Indian lands in the state of New Jersey to the Delaware Indians. She holds a BA from Barnard College, an MA in international affairs from Columbia University, a law degree from Fordham University and an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.