Here are the finalists for the 2011 Orange Prize. Surprisingly, I’ve already read two of the six (the ones with links below). I’ve read an exceprt from The Tiger’s Wife and wasn’t a fan, though I note that many many many people are praising it. I have no interest in reading Room or The Memory of Love, and know little about Grace Williams Says It Loud.
- Room, by Emma Donoghue
- The Memory of Love, by Aminatta Forna
- Grace Williams Says It Loud, by Emma Henderson
- Great House, by Nicole Krauss
- The Tiger’s Wife, by Téa Obreht
- Annabel, by Kathleen Winter
Of the two I read, I think I liked Annabel more as a story, but I think Great House touched deeper and was written better, if not to great cumulative effect. I suppose, then, that I’m rather indifferent to the prize this year.