he Orange Prize, given to a work of fiction written by a woman in English, has announced its 2010 shortlist. It's a British prize, and a novel's eligibility is determined by its British publication date.
The official announcement, including two excellent videos of the judges discussing the shortlist are available on its Web site.
- The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison
- The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
- Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
- Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
- A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
- The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey
U.S. Availability: The Very Thought of You and The White Woman on the Green Bicycle haven't been published in the United States yet, but Amazon has copies available through third party sellers. Both are very cheap on AmazonUK right now, and The Book Depository offers free shipping (with higher prices) to the U.S. I'm keeping my fingers crossed to get both through interlibrary loan.
My reviews: I haven't read any of these yet, but I do hope to read and review all six before the winner is announced. If you plan to read all six too, please stop by on Sunday, June 6 for a mock Orange Prize vote!
The winner will be announced June 9, 2010.
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