The Orange Prize for Fiction Announces 2012 Longlist


The Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK’s prestigious annual award celebrating “excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing throughout the world,” announced their 2012 longlist today, coinciding with International Women’s Day, and the group of books is a formidable one — we just added a huge stack of books to our to-read list. The prize has a knack for picking out some of the best work by women around: previous winners have included Zadie Smith for On Beauty (2006), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for Half of a Yellow Sun (2007), Marilyn Robinson for Home (2009), and Téa Obreht for The Tiger’s Wife (2011), among many other greats. Head over to the Orange Prize website for author biographies and synopses of the nominated books, and let us know which you think should win in the comments.

Island of Wings by Karin Altenberg (Quercus) – Swedish; 1st Novel

On the Floor by Aifric Campbell (Serpent’s Tail) – Irish; 3rd Novel

The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen (The Clerkenwell Press) – American; 4th Novel

The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue (Picador) – Irish; 7th Novel

Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan (Serpent’s Tail) – Canadian; 2nd Novel

The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright (Jonathan Cape) – Irish; 5th Novel

The Flying Man by Roopa Farooki (Headline Review) – British; 5th Novel

Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon (Quercus) – American; 4th Novel

Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding (Bloomsbury) – British; 3rd Novel

Gillespie and I by Jane Harris (Faber & Faber) – British; 2nd Novel

The Translation of the Bones by Francesca Kay (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) – British; 2nd Novel

The Blue Book by A.L. Kennedy (Jonathan Cape) – British; 6th Novel

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Harvill Secker) – American; 1st 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

There but for the by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton) – British; 5th Novel

The Pink Hotel by Anna Stothard (Alma Books) – British; 2nd Novel

Tides of War by Stella Tillyard (Chatto & Windus) – British; 1st Novel

The Submission by Amy Waldman (William Heinemann) – American; 1st Novel