My reaction: Hmm. I did finally finish it last night (review coming tomorrow), and I'm disappointed it won. I'll share my full thoughts with my review tomorrow.
The Mock Orange Prize results: Sunday, I posted a poll for readers of this blog to vote. The only thing clear from the results are how different our tastes are!
- There was an even split on who we WANT to win between four novels: Black Water Rising, A Gate at the Stairs, The Lacuna and White Woman on the Green Bicycle
- There was a clear winner on we THINK will win: The Lacuna. (I have smart readers!) Wolf Hall and White Woman on the Green Bicycle also got votes.
- As for books left off the shortlist (that were on the longlist): The Help, The Rehearsal, and This Is How. I wish I would have asked what books on the shortlist weren't deserving, but I'll remember next year!
- There was only one vote for a book left off the longlist: The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood.
Reading the longlist! I ordered the other four books not available in the U.S., and they arrived this week. Once I devour Wolf Hall, I'll get started on the longlist. I also plan to read the three titles nominated for the Orange Award for New Writers.
Next year: Yes, I am seriously considering a trip to London for the Orange Prize readings and announcement. I've been hankering to travel to England again, and I adore the Orange Prize. I would love to take it all in in person. I'll start saving my money and hope the long and shortlists are as inspiring next year as it is this year.
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