Woke up this morning to incredible news! Butter Tea at Starbucks has made the The Journey Prize short list! Full press release here. Here's what the jury had to say about the story (which you can find in The New Quarterly 140):
"Sharon Bala’s “Butter Tea at Starbucks” burns as bright and fierce as the unnamed, immolated martyr whose image provides its thematic backbone. Following two Toronto sisters from a Tibetan background, the story explores the conflict between Tibet and China through the lens of a new baby, an interracial marriage, and an office rivalry. Tense and expertly plotted, the story is also packed with rich, sensory detail. This is writing that wades, unafraid, into complexity and controversy, but which is nuanced enough to wrangle finely drawn, utterly human characters to moments of aching vulnerability, confused pain, and unexpected joy. Bala takes big risks and reaps big rewards in this unforgettable story."
-2017 Journey Prize jury Kevin Hardcastle, Grace O’Connell, and Ayelet Tsabari