The first four are serving cross-purposes, as I'm also involved in a year-long Around the World reading challenge. When I compared the lists, many were on the Orange Prize lists, so it was easy to put those first in line. The other books I will list are books that qualify that are sitting around at home, just begging to be read. Maybe this will help me knock off a few books from my to-read shelf!
- The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
- Frangipani by Celestine Hitiura Vaite
- A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
- Brick Lane by Monica Ali
- American Life by Curtis Sittenfeld
- Gut Symmetries by Jeanette Winterson
As I went through the lists, I discovered that I have actually read quite a few of the Orange Prize nominees in the past few years. Without hesitation I can say the favorite that I've read is The Powerbook by Jeanette Winterson, and you can see the others here.