Today the Orange Prize longlist was announced, along with some criticism from the chair about the abundance of miserable novels offered up for consideration this year. The shortlist will be announced April 20.

Here is the list — I have read not a one, but some look very good:

  • Clare Clark: Savage Lands
  • Amanda Craig: Hearts and Minds
  • Roopa Farooki: The Way Things Look to Me
  • Rebecca Gowers: The Twisted Heart
  • M.J. Hyland: This Is How
  • Sadie Jones: Small Wars
  • Barbara Kingsolver: The Lacuna
  • Laila Lalami: Secret Son
  • Andrea Levy: The Long Song
  • Attica Locke: Black Water Rising
  • Hilary Mantel: Wolf Hall
  • Maria McCann: The Wilding
  • Nadifa Mohamed: Black Mamba Boy
  • Lorrie Moore: A Gate at the Stairs
  • Monique Roffey: The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
  • Amy Sackville: The Still Point
  • Kathryn Stockett: The Help
  • Sarah Waters: The Little Stranger
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