Gaynor Arnold Girl in a Blue Dress
Lissa Evans Their Finest Hour and a Half
Miriam Toews The Flying Troutmans
The Orange prize 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 in the English language. Any woman writing in English, whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter, is eligible.American women dominate the entries this year, and most of the books are on my to read list. I'm so glad to see Curtis Sittenfeld get more acclaim for American Wife, which has become my favorite book ever.
The shortlist will be released April 21, and the prize will be awarded June 3. Good luck, Curtis!