Marie Ndiaye, novelist and playwright is the first black woman in french history to ever win the Goncourt award. This woman who published her first book at age 17 years old is used to receiving accolades and being celebrated for her work but as she puts it best ,winning the Goncourt award this year is the ultimate recognition for her 25+ years of career. Marie resides in Berlin with her husband and her three children; she left France after Sarkozi became president, she explains that she didn't want to live under his presidential authority.
Marie Ndiaye is also the second woman playwright whose work "Papa doit manger" was played by the Comedie Francaise.
The book she's being recognized for is called "Trois Femmes Puissantes" it's the story of three women dealing with the consequences of immigration in their own personal lives.
If you were curious about his work , here's a list of homework you can start on:
-Trois Femmes Puissantes (Prix Goncourt 2009)
-Quand au riche avenir (her first novel)
-Mon Coeur a l'etroit
Here's an interview of Marie Ndiaye (in French of course )
Djaa my Senegalese sistas sont trop dedans:)