Britain’s Orange Prize, an annual literary award for women writers, was bestowed this evening on Marilynne Robinson for her novel Home. Robinson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for her novel Gilead, revisits the setting and some of the characters from her previous work, creating in Home, as described by the judges, “a kind, wise, enriching novel, exquisitely crafted.”
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The New Yorker review by James Wood
The New York Times Book Review by A.O. Scott
an article on the Orange Prize award at Bloomberg.com
reviews and information at Amazon.com
The five other finalists were:
Ellen Feldman – “Scottsboro” (Picador/Norton), a fictionalized account of a notorious Depression-era event in Alabama in which nine black youths were accused of gang-raping two white women.
Samantha Hunt – “The Invention of Everything Else” (Harvill Secker/Houghton Mifflin) imagines the last weeks of the Serbian- born scientist Nikola Tesla and his odd relationship with a chambermaid at the Hotel New Yorker.
Samantha Harvey – “The Wilderness” (Cape/Talese), the story of a man in his 60s who struggles to hold onto his memories and identity under the onslaught of Alzheimer’s disease.
Deirdre Madden – “Molly Fox’s Birthday” (Faber), a meditation on the nature of identity and relationships built around the lives of a playwright, an actor and a mutual friend.
Kamila Shamsie – “Burnt Shadows” (Bloomsbury), an epic narrative stretching from Nagasaki in 1945 to the prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay after 9/11.