Jane Hamilton achieved early success with the publication of her first novel. In 1989, The Book of Ruth received the Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award, the Banta Award, and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for First Fiction. The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World were selected for Oprah’s Book Club, helping them achieve best-seller status worldwide. Both novels were adapted for film, A Map of the World for the cinema in 1999 and The Book of Ruth for television in 2004. In 1998, The Short History of a Prince received the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize and was short-listed for the Orange Prize. Disobedience was named to the School Library Journal’s list of the best adult books for high school students in 1991.