The Orange Prize for Fiction is the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman. This year's shortlist is an impressive mixture of established favourites (Anne Enright, Cynthia Ozick and Ann Patchett) and new writers including Esi Edugyan whose Half Blood Blues was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The list's diveristy also extends across the age, nationality, genre and voice of each writer with perhaps the strongest commmonality amongst them being the promise of a good read in each of their works.
Orange Prize for Fiction Shortlist:
Esi Edugyan (Canadian) Half Blood Blues (2nd novel)
Anne Enright (Irish) The Forgotten Waltz (5th novel)
Georgina Harding (British) Painter of Silence (3rd novel)
Madeline Miller (American) The Song of Achilles (1st novel)
Cynthia Ozick (American) Foreign Bodies (7th novel)
Ann Patchett (American) State of Wonder (6th novel)