The film rights have been optioned by Viola Davis’s JuVee Productions.
Selected by Washington County, Texas, for its county-wide October 2013 Big Read program.
Included on National Public Radio’s This Week’s (August 8-14, 2011) Outstanding Softcover Releases.
Shortlisted for the 2011 Ohioana Book Award (Fiction).
Selected by Black Pearls Magazine as a Sankofa Literary Society Top Book for 2010.
Selected by Terry McMillan (Waiting to Exhale, Getting to Happy) as one of two books on her fall reading list – USA Today
Selected by Barnes & Noble for its Discover Great New Writers program, Fall 2010.
Selected by the American Booksellers Association for the August 2010 Indie Next List Great Reads.
Selected as a Midwest Connection Pick for August.
One of six featured in the August 2010 The New York Times Newly Released Books.
Selected by the Chicago Sun-Times as one of ten fiction books for 2010 summer reading
January 2010’s Book of the Month for bookgroup.info, a leading online organization in the UK for book discussion groups. It was a Recommended Book for February and March.
Recipient of the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction for 2010 sponsored by The Langum Charitable Trust.
Recipient of the 2009 Steven Turner Award for Best Work of First Fiction sponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters.
Shortlisted for UK’s Orange Award for New Writers 2009 and longlisted for Orange Prize for Fiction 2009.
On June 3, 2009, Ann attended the Orange Prize Awards Ceremony in London. Click here to see pictures.