Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Announcing the 2012 Short List

The Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, today announces the 2012 shortlist:
  • Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan (Serpent's Tail) - Canadian; 2nd Novel
  • The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright (Jonathan Cape) - Irish; 5th Novel
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Bloomsbury) - American; 1st Novel
  • Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick (Atlantic Books) - American; 7th Novel
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (Bloomsbury) - American; 6th Novel
  • Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding (Bloomsbury) - British; 3rd Novel
Have you read any of these yet? Which do you think will win?


LisaITeach said...

I love your blog and your project! My 2012 goal was to read all of the Orange Prize winners and your site has inspired me to go beyond that. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett is the only short list book that I've read. It was a wonderful read and I say this despite the fact that I am not a fan of Heart of Darkness.

Wendy said...

Glad you are joining us, Lisal!

The Well Read Fish said...

Blargh. I am a terrible person, as I haven't read a single one of these yet. But a few are on my list!

Italia said...

"State of Wonder" disappoints. It's hard to get into, too long and meandering, but most of all Patchett is tackling a genre that's not her strength. I have enjoyed The Magician's Assisstant" and "Bel Canto" very much, smaller stories about relationships. This is where Patchett shines. "State of Wonder" is epic and scientific.