Edwidge Danticat's "The Dew Breaker" has been named the winner of the first Story Prize, which honors the author of an outstanding collection...

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NEW YORK — Edwidge Danticat’s “The Dew Breaker” has been named the winner of the first Story Prize, which honors the author of an outstanding collection of short fiction.

Published by Random House’s Alfred A. Knopf imprint, “The Dew Breaker” is a book of connected stories about Haitians and Haitian-Americans whose lives have been affected by the actions of the title character, a humble Brooklyn barber with a secret past in his native land.

“The Dew Breaker” also is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award, which will be announced in March.

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Danticat was born in Haiti and moved to the United States when she was 12. She’s the author of the novels “Breath, Eyes, Memory”; “Krik? Krak!,” a National Book Award finalist; and “The Farming of Bones,” an American Book Award winner.

Eligible books must be the first publication of the work in the United States, in either hardcover or paperback, and available for purchase by the general public.

Collections must also include work previously unpublished in book form. The first-prize winner receives an engraved silver bowl and $20,000.

The two runners-up were Cathy Day for “The Circus in Winter” and Joan Silber for “Ideas of Heaven.”

Each were awarded $1,000.