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Akhil Sharma (born July 22, 1971 in Delhi) is an Indian-American author.
Born in Delhi, India, he immigrated to the United States when he was eight, and grew up in Edison, New Jersey. Sharma
studied at Princeton University, where he earned his B.A. in public policy at the Woodrow Wilson School. While there, he also
studied under a succession of notable writers, including Russell Banks, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Auster, John
McPhee, and Tony Kushner. He then won a Stegner Fellowship to the writing program at Stanford, where he won several O.
Henry Prizes. He then attempted to become a screenwriter, but, disappointed with his fortunes, left to attend Harvard Law
Sharma is the author of one novel, An Obedient Father, for which he won the 2001 PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2001
Whiting Writers' Award. He has also published stories in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Quarterly, Fiction, the
Best American Short Stories anthology, and the O. Henry Award Winners anthology. His short story "Cosmopolitan" was
anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 1998,  and was also made into an acclaimed 2003 film of the same name,
which has appeared on the PBS series Independent Lens.
1. ^ The Best American Short Stories 1998
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