2012 Orange Prize for Fiction Shortlist

I’m late posting this, but on April 17 the shortlist for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction was announced:

  • Half-Blood Blues, by Esi Edugyan (my review here)
  • The Forgotten Walz, by Anne Enright
  • Painter of Silence, by Georgina Harding
  • The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller
  • Foreign Bodies, by Cynthia Ozick (my review here)
  • State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett (my review here)

I was thrilled to see Enright and Ozick on the shortlist.  I certainly did not expect to see them there.  The winner will be announced on May 30.  My vote goes to Ozick.

2 thoughts on “2012 Orange Prize for Fiction Shortlist”

  1. leroyhunter says:

    I just today bought The Forgotten Waltz, having waited for the normal paperback edition – I try to avoid the trade versions.

    I’m pretty sure I’ve heard good things about Madeline Miller’s book, and of course I have you to thank for previous Ozick recommends Trevor. So, an interesting list.

  2. Like Trevor, I have read half the list (in my case, Enright, not Patchett) but the other two as well.

    Off that half-list, I tood would give the nod to Ozick but just by a bit over the Enright (The Forgotten Waltz is a very good novel that I don’t think got the attention that it deserves). Hope you like it, Leroy — it does speak to what post-2008 Ireland looks like.

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