Women’s Writing: A Celebration

Established in 1996 in the United Kingdom, The Orange Prize for Fiction “celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing from throughout the world.” Below are some of the titles that appeared on the 2012 long list of nominated books. Our All Fairfax Reads selection, The Submission by Amy Waldman, made the list. The winner, announced in May, was The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. For more information about the award see http://www.orangeprize.co.uk/.

 Foreign Bodies Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick FIC OZI
A tyrannical businessman thinks his son is wasting his life and charges his sister with traveling to Paris to bring him home.

Half Blood Blues. Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan FIC EDU
Trumpet player Hieronymus Falk is arrested in Paris and years pass before the truth about what really happened is told.

The Sealed Letter. The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue FIC DON
A manipulative friend reenters Emily’s life and threatens to destroy everything she has achieved and tried to accomplish.

The Song of Achilles. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller FIC MIL
A young boy is sent to the court of King Peleus where friendship with the king’s son determines his future path.

The Submission. The Submission by Amy Waldman FIC WAL
After lengthy deliberation, the winner of a contest to design a 9/11 memorial is chosen, but the selection ignites a storm of controversy.   

there but for the. There But for The : A Novel by Ali Smith FIC SMI
A guest at a dinner party walks upstairs and locks himself in the spare bedroom; now his hostess must find the one person who can coax him out.

Tides of War. Tides of War by S. K. Tillyard FIC TIL
The effects of the Napoleonic Peninsular War are seen through the eyes of the men who went off to fight and the women left behind to deal with life on their own.

The Translation of the Bones. The Translation of the Bones by Francesca Kay FIC KAY
A woman is convinced she has seen a miracle at the Church of the Sacred Heart; the resulting turmoil changes the lives of the church’s parishioners forever.

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