As a fan of fiction, a fan of empowered and intelligent women, and prizes that celebrate the two, how would I not be all over the Orange Prize for Fiction? Yes, it's truly incredible. The Orange Prize, which was created in 1996, exists to celebrate and promote the work of outstanding females who write fiction in the English language.
So what does the longlist look like?
(Info taken from the Orange prize homepage)
After Farmlane Books and nomadreader announced their predictions for this year's list, I went through to see how many I'd read, and was contemplating reading in the future. Upon seeing these, and following the announcement of the official list, I've realized I have a lot of reading to do. Out of the 20 titles chosen, I've only completed one novel, Emma Donoghue's Room. And I managed to complete only half of Nicole Krauss's Great House, before I realized I was in over my head with reading obligations and haven't picked it up since. Shame.
While I'm sure all are terrific, there are so many things going on that I'll probably only have the opportunity to pick up a few before the announcement of the shortlist on April 12th.
Some I'll be grabbing from the list:
The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht
The London Train by Tessa Hadley
The Birth of Love by Joanna Kavenna
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
Read any of these titles? Feel free to share your favorites, thoughts and/or predictions for the short list!
Photo: Taken from the Orange Prize list page.