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Maria Thomas Fiction Award

THE MARIA THOMAS FICTION AWARD is named after the novelist Maria Thomas [Roberta Worrick (Ethiopia 1971–73)] who was the author of a well-reviewed novel and two collections of short stories all set in Africa. She lost her life in August, 1989, while working in Ethiopia for a relief agency. She went down in the plane crash that killed Congressman Mickey Leland of Texas.
     T
he winners are:

2005
This Is Not Civilization
2005 Award Winner
This Is Not Civilization
by Robert Rosenberg
     (Kyrgyzstan 1994–96)
(Buy this book)
2004
Know It by Heart
2004 Award Winner
Know It by Heart
by Karl Luntta
     (Botswana 1977–80)
(Buy this book)
2003

2003 Award Winner
In Revere, In Those Days
by Roland Merullo
     (Micronesia 1979-80)
(Buy this book)
2002

2002 Award Winner
Field Observations
by
Rob Davidson
     (Grenada 1990–92)
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2001
Steal My Heart
2001 Award Winner
Steal My Heart
by
Mark Brazaitis
     (Guatemala 1990–1993)
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2000
Saviors
2000 Award Winner
Saviors
by Paul Eggers
     
(Malaysia 1976–78)
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1999

1999 Award Winner
Ahmed’s Revenge
by
Richard Wiley
     (Korea 1967–69)
(Buy this book)
1998

1998 Award Winner
Stone Cowboy
by Mark Jacobs
     (Paraguay 1978–80)
(Buy this book)
1997

1997 Award Winner
The Ivory Crocodile
by
Eileen Drew
     (Zaire 1979–81)
(Buy this book)
1996
  
1996 Award Winner
Polite Society
by
Melanie Sumner
     (Senegal 1988–90)
(Buy this book)
1995

1995 Award Winner
Green Fires: Assault on Eden:
A Novel of the Ecuadorian
Rainforest
by
Marnie Mueller
     (Ecuador 1963–65)
(Buy this book)
1994

1994 Award Winner
Swimming in the Volcano
by
Bob Shachochis
     (Eastern Caribbean 1975–76)
(Buy this book)
1993
    Incident at Akabal
by
Joanne Omang
     (Turkey 1964–66)
(Buy this book)
1992
Mating
1992 Award Winner
Mating
by
Norm Rush
     (Botswana staff 1968–73)
(Buy this book)
1991

1991 Award Winner
Where You Once Belonged
by Kent Haruf
     
(Turkey 1965–67)
(Buy this book)
    1990
For his collected works
Paul Theroux (Malawi 1963–65)
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