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James King wins Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

The votes are in, and James King is the lucky winner of a publishing contract with Penguin and a $25,000 advance for his novel Bill Warrington's Last Chance in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award. And lest you think the mindless masses were the only ones voting on his book, know that the book was critiqued by Sue Monk Kidd and Sue Grafton.

"This is what reading is about and what a good book is supposed to do," Grafton said about the novel, which details one man's attempts to reconnect with his family. King, who lives in Connecticut, beat out more than 6,500 competitors for the award.

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