Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Orange Prize!

The winner:
The Lacuna: A Novel

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.

What's next?
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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  1. I'm disappointed too. The Poisonwood Bible was much better - The Lacuna lacked emotion in my opinion.

    I hope that you enjoy the rest of the long list - you are in for a few treats!!

    I'm planning to read the rest of the New Writers short list too. I have already read After the Fire and have a copy of The Book of Fires already - I hope I enjoy them more than the short listed books!

    Let me know if you make it for the readings next year - I'd love to come along :-)

  2. That is disappointing. I read it and felt very ambivalent towards it. Not bad, but not nearly as good as Poisonwood.

    Side note- any excuse for a trip to London is a great idea!

  3. Pthffpt. That's how I feel about it...both the book and the fact that it one. I guess I just don't get Kingsolver.

  4. I've never read any of her fiction, but from the buzz around the blogosphere, this might not be the right place to start!

  5. Oh this was such a disappointment to me! I love Kingslover but Lacuna was such a let down. Looking forward to your take on the book.

  6. Sorry this was disappointing. I do still hope to give it a try.


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