The shortlist for the 2010 Orange Prize for fiction was announced this morning. Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary this year, the Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.
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- Rosie Alison – The Very Thought of You – Alma Books
England, 31st August 1939: the world is on the brink of war. As Hitler prepares to invade Poland, thousands of children are evacuated from London to escape the impending Blitz. Torn from her mother, 8-year-old Anna Sands is relocated with other children to a large Yorkshire estate which has been opened up to evacuees.
- Barbara Kingsolver – The Lacuna – Faber and Faber
A story of a man’s search for safety of a man torn between the warm heart of Mexico and the cold embrace of 1950s McCarthyite America.
- Attica Locke – Black Water Rising – Serpent’s Tail
Jay Porter, a struggling personal injury attorney down on his luck, suddenly finds himself in a situation spiralling out of control. Jay knows a boat ride on the Bayou won’t measure up to his wife’s expectations of a birthday celebration, but it’s all he can afford. Once a man of virtuous ideals, he is now just waiting for a break.
- Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall – Fourth Estate
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009 ‘Lock Cromwell in a deep dungeon in the morning,’ says Thomas More, ‘and when you come back that night he’ll be sitting on a plush cushion eating larks’ tongues, and all the gaolers will owe him money.’
- Lorrie Moore – A Gate at the Stairs – Faber and Faber
With America quietly gearing up for war in the Middle East, twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, a ‘half-Jewish’ farmer’s daughter from the plains of the Midwest, has come to university – escaping her provincial home to encounter the complex world of culture and politics.
- Monique Roffey – The White Woman on the Green Bicycle – Simon and Schuster
|The Orange Prize for Fiction was set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible and is awarded for the best novel of the year written by a woman.
The winner will be presented with a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze statue known as ‘the Bessie’, created by artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.
Previous winners include:
|This years prize will be announced in a ceremony at The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, on 9 June 2010, when all six nominated authors will be present.
For more information on the award and the shortlisted novels, visit: http://www.orangeprize.co.uk
Watch shortlist announcement for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2010.
I’ve not had the opportunity to read any of the shortlisted books, if you have, let us know about your thoughts in the comments!