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The Orange Prize for Fiction celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing from throughout the world. The winner receives a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a 'Bessie', created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed
London, 08 March 2012: The Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, today announces the 2012 longlist. Now in its seventeenth year, the Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing throughout the world. The announcement coincides with International Women's Day 2012.
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
The judges for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction are:
Joanna Trollope, (Chair), Writer
Lisa Appignanesi, Writer, Novelist and Broadcaster
Victoria Derbyshire, Journalist and Broadcaster
Natalie Haynes, Writer and Broadcaster
Natasha Kaplinsky, Broadcaster
"I am very proud of this year's Orange longlist," commented Joanna Trollope, Chair of Judges. "It not only demonstrates the judges' eye for quality, but is also evidence of the breadth of subject matter, and individuality of voice, in women's writing today.".
She continues, "We were looking for excellence, accessibility and originality, and we found all three, over and over. I congratulate the twenty chosen writers warmly."
The Prize was set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote international fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible and is awarded for the best novel of the year written by a woman in the English language.
Stuart Jackson, Communications Director at Orange said, "This year's judges have selected a terrific longlist which showcases the exceptional diversity and quality of international women's fiction available to readers today."
This year's longlist honours both new and well-established writers, featuring five first novels alongside a previous Orange Prize winner, Ann Patchett, who is longlisted for her sixth novel, and previous Orange Award for New Writers winner, Francesca Kay, longlisted for her second novel. Three authors appearing on this year's list have previously been longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and a further four authors have been previously shortlisted.
Any woman writing in English, whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter, is eligible. The winner will receive a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a 'Bessie', created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.
The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held in The Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall on 30 May 2012.
Previous winners are Téa Obreht for The Tiger's Wife (2011), Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna (2010), Marilynne Robinson for Home (2009), Rose Tremain for The Road Home (2008), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for Half of a Yellow Sun (2007), Zadie Smith for On Beauty (2006), Lionel Shriver for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2005), Andrea Levy for Small Island (2004), Valerie Martin for Property (2003), Ann Patchett for Bel Canto (2002), Kate Grenville for The Idea of Perfection (2001), Linda Grant for When I Lived in Modern Times (2000), Suzanne Berne for A Crime in the Neighbourhood (1999), Carol Shields for Larry's Party (1998), Anne Michaels for Fugitive Pieces (1997), and Helen Dunmore for A Spell of Winter (1996).
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Notes to Editors
This year's list carries eight British authors, seven American authors, three Irish authors, one Swedish author and one Canadian author.
The following author has previously won the Orange Prize for Fiction: Ann Patchett (2002)
The following authors have previously been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction: Emma Donoghue (2011), Jane Harris (2007), Ann Patchett (1998) and Ali Smith (2006, 2001).
The following authors have previously been longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction: Roopa Farooki (2010), Anne Enright (2008) and A.L Kennedy (2000, 1996).
The following author has previously won the Orange Award for New Writers: Francesca Kay (2009).
The following author has previously been shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers: Roopa Farooki (2007).
There are five first novels on the 2012 longlist.
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Synopses and Biographies
Karin Altenberg Island of Wings
July, 1830. On the ten-hour sailing west from the Hebrides to the islands of St Kilda, everything lies ahead for Lizzie and Neil MacKenzie. Neil is to become the minister to the small community of islanders and Lizzie, his new wife, is pregnant with their first child. Neil's journey is evangelical: a testing and strengthening of his own faith against the old pagan ways of the St Kildans, but it is also a passage to atonement. For Lizzie – bright, beautiful and devoted – this is an adventure, a voyage into the unknown.
As the two adjust to life on an exposed archipelago on the edge of civilisation, where natives live in squalor and babies perish mysteriously in their first week, their marriage – and their sanity – is threatened. Is Lizzie a wilful temptress drawing him away from his faith? Is Neil's zealous Christianity unhinging into madness? And who, or what, is haunting the moors and cliff-tops?
Born and brought up in southern Sweden, Karin Altenberg moved to Britain to study in 1996. She holds a PhD in archaeology from the University of Reading. Recently, she has worked in the fields of international arts management and cultural heritage. She is a fellow of the Linnean Society of London.
Aifric Campbell On the Floor
At 28, Geri Molloy is a major player at a London investment bank, earning six figures trading with a reclusive hedge fund manager who won't deal with anyone else on the floor. She looks like a woman holding her own in a man's world, but her success is an illusion. Geri doesn't own her life at all.
On the eve of the 1991 Gulf War, everything begins to unravel. Abandoned by her boyfriend, gripped by insomnia and drinking way too much, Geri is close to losing it – in every sense.
Aifric Campbell was born in Ireland and grew up in Dublin. She spent thirteen years as an investment banker in London and now lives in Sussex. She teaches at Imperial College and is the author of two previous novels; The Semantics of Murder and The Loss Adjustor.
Leah Hager Cohen
The Grief of Others
The Clerkenwell Press
The Ryries have suffered a loss: the death of a baby just fifty-seven hours after his birth. Parents John and Ricky struggle to regain a semblance of normalcy for themselves and for their two older children. Yet in the aftermath of the baby's death, long-supressed uncertainties about their relationship come roiling to the surface. A dreadful secret emerges with reverberations that reach far into their past and threaten their future.
Ten-year-old Biscuit and thirteen-year-old Paul begin to act out in exquisitely – perhaps courageously – idiosyncratic ways. But as the four family members scatter into private, isolating grief, an unexpected visitor arrives, and they all find themselves growing more alert to the sadness and burdens of others.
Leah Hager Cohen is the author of four non-fiction books, including Train Go Sorry andGlass, Paper, Beans and three novels, most recently House Lights. The New York Times has named four of her books 'Notable Books of the Year'. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review.
The Sealed Letter
After a separation of many years, Emily 'Fido' Faithfull bumps into her old friend Helen Codrington on the streets of Victorian London. Much has changed: Helen is more and more unhappy in her marriage to the older Vice-Admiral Codrington, while Fido has become a successful woman of business and a pioneer in the British Women's Movement. But, for all her independence of mind, Fido is too trusting of her once-dear companion and finds herself drawn into aiding Helen's obsessive affair with a young army officer.
When the Vice-Admiral seizes the children and sues for divorce, the women's friendship unravels amid accusations of adultery and counter-accusations of cruelty and attempted rape, as well as a mysterious 'sealed letter' that could destroy more than one life….
Born in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish writer who spent eight years in England before moving to Canada. Her fiction includes Slammerkin, Life Mask, Touchy Subjects and the international bestseller Room, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and Man Booker Prize.
Half Blood Blues
The aftermath of the fall of Paris, 1940. Hieronymus Falk, a rising star on the cabaret scene, was arrested in a café and never heard from again. He was twenty years old. He was a German citizen. And he was black.
Fifty years later, Sid, Hiero's bandmate and the only witness that day, is going back to Berlin. Persuaded by his old friend Chip, Sid discovers there's more to the journey than he thought when Chip shares a mysterious letter, bringing to the surface secrets buried since Hiero's fate was settled.
Esi Edugyan is a graduate of the University of Victoria and Johns Hopkins University. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003. Her debut novel, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, was published internationally and Half Blood Blues was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize. She lives in Canada.
The Forgotten Waltz
he Forgotten Waltz is a memory of desire: a recollection of the bewildering speed of attraction, the irreparable slip into longing. In Terenure, a pleasant suburb of Dublin, in the winter of 2009, it has snowed. Gina Moynihan, girl about town, recalls the trail of lust and happenstance that brought her to fall for 'the love of her life', Seán Vallely. AS the city outside comes to a halt, Gina remembers the days of their affair in one hotel room or another: long afternoons made blank by bliss and denial. Now, as the silent streets and the stillness and vertigo of the falling snow make the day luminous and full of possibility, Gina walks through the weather to meet a girl she calls his 'beautiful mistake': Seán's fragile, twelve-year-old daughter, Evie.
Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has published two volumes of stories, collected as Yesterday's Weather, one book of non-fiction, Making Babies, and four novels, most recently The Gathering, which was the Irish Novel of the Year, and won the Irish Fiction Award and the 2007 Man Booker Prize.
The Flying Man
Meet Maquil – also known as Mike, Mehmet, Mikhail and Miguel – a chancer and charlatan. A criminally clever man who tells a good tale, trading on his charm and good looks, reinventing himself with a new identity and nationality in each successive country he makes home, abandoning wives and children and careers in the process. He's a compulsive gambler – driven to lose at least as much as he gains, in games of chance, and in life. A damaged man in search of himself.
From the day he was delivered in Lahore, Pakistan, alongside his stillborn twin, he proved he was a born survivor. He has been a master of flying escapes, from Cairo to Paris, from London to Hong Kong, humbled by love, outliving his peers, and ending up old and alone in a budget hotel in Biarritz some eighty years later. His chequered history is catching up with him; his tracks have been uncovered and his latest wife, his children, his creditors and former business associates all want to pin him down. But even at the end, Maqil just can't resist trying it on; he's still playing his game, and the game won't be over until it's been won.
Roopa Farooki was born in Lahore, Pakistan and brought up in London. She has written four previous novels to great critical acclaim and has been nominated for the Orange Award for New Writers, and longlisted for the Orange Prize and the Impac Dublin Literary Award. Her novels have been published internationally and translated into eleven languages. She lives in south-east England and south-west France with her husband, twin baby girls and two sons.
Lord of Misrule
Canandian Mound Downs, West Virginia: a downtrodden racetrack as dusty and dilapidated as the characters tied to it; characters who think they've seen everything the cheap sport of claim racing has to offer.
Until August 1970, that is, when Tommy Hansel comes to town. Hansel – handsome, hypnotic and hot under the collar – has a scheme in his head and a scam up his sleeve. Get in, get rich, get out. It's a sure thing.
But Hansel soon learns what the old-timers already know – there is no such thing as a sure thing, let alone a quick out. Especially since his girlfriend, Maggie, has piqued the interest of two local gangsters.
Jaimy Gordon was born in Baltimore. Throughout her writing career she has published novels, poetry, plays, short stories and essays. She teaches at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and in the Prague Summer Program for Writers, and received an Academy-Institute Award for her fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Lord of Misrule is her fourth novel, and was awarded the National Book Award for Fiction 2010.
Painter of Silence
Iasi, Romania, the early 1950s. A man is found on the steps of hospital, frail as a fallen bird. He carries no identification and utters no words, and it is days before anyone discovers that he is deaf and mute. And then a young nurse called Safta brings paper and pencils with which he can draw. Slowly, painstakingly, memories appear on the page: a hillside, a stable, a car, a country house, dogs and mirrored rooms and samovars in what is now a lost world.
The memories are Safta's also. For the man is Augustin, son of the cook at the manor at Poiana that was her family home. Born six months apart, they grew up with a connection that bypassed words. But while Augustin's world remained the same size, Safta's expanded to embrace languages, society – and love, as Augustin watched one long hot summer, in the form of a fleeting young man in a green Lagonda.
Safta left before the war, Augustin stayed. But even in the wide hills and valleys around Poiana he did not escape its horrors. He watched uncomprehending as armies passed through the place. Then the Communists came, and he found himself their unlikely victim. There are many things that he must tell Safta that may be more than simple drawings can convey.
Georgina Harding is the author of two novels: The Solitude of Thomas Cave and The Spy Game, a BBC Book at Bedtime and shortlisted for the Encore Award. Her first book was a work of non-fiction, In Another Europe, recording a journey she made across Romania in 1988 during the worst times of the Ceausescu regime. It was followed by Tranquebar: A Season in South India, which documented the lives of the people in a small fishing village on the Coromandel coast. Georgina Harding lives in London and on a farm in the Stour Valley, Essex.
Gillespie and I
Faber and Faber
As she sits in her Bloomsbury home, with her two birds for company, elderly Harriet Baxter sets out to relate the story of her acquaintance, over four decades previously, with Ned Gillespie, a talented artist who never achieved the fame that she maintains he deserved.
Back in 1888, the young, art-loving Harriet arrives in Glasgow at the time of the International Exhibition. After a chance encounter, she befriends the Gillespie family and soon becomes a fixture in all of their lives. But when tragedy strikes – leading to a notorious criminal trial – the promise and certainties of this world all too rapidly disintegrate into mystery and deception.
Jane Harris was born in Belfast and brought up in Glasgow. Her debut novel, The Observations – published in over twenty territories – was shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction, and she was also shortlisted for the British Book Awards Waterstone's Newcomer of the Year and The Times/The South Bank Show Breakthrough Award. She lives in London with her husband Tom.
The Translation of the Bones
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Reality or delusion? Fantasy or fact? When word gets out that Mary-Margaret O'Reilly, a slow-witted but apparently harmless young woman, may have been witness to a miracle, religious mania descends on the Church of the Sacred Heart in Battersea. The consequences will be profound, not only for Mary-Margaret but for others too – Father Diamond, the parish priest, who is in the midst of his own crisis of faith, and Stella Morrison, adrift in her marriage and aching for her ten-year-old son, away at boarding school. In the same parish Alice Armitage counts the days until her soldier son comes home from Afghanistan, and Mary-Margaret’s mother, Fidelma, imprisoned in a tower block, stares out over London with nothing but her thoughts for company. Remembering her early childhood by the sea in Ireland, the bleak institution she was sent to and the boy she loved, she hungers for consoling touch. In the meantime Mary-Margaret's quest grows increasingly desperate. But no-one is prepared for the shocking outcome that ensues.
Francesca Kay grew up in South-east Asia and India and has subsequently lived in Jamaica, the United States and Germany. Her first novel, An Equal Stillness, won the Orange Award for New Writers, and was shortlisted for the Authors' Club First Novel Award and for Best First Book in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Europe and South Asia region). She lives with her family in Oxford.
The Blue Book
Elizabeth Barker is crossing the Atlantic by liner with her perfectly adequate boyfriend, Derek, who might be planning to propose. In fleeing the UK – temporarily – Elizabeth may also be in flight from her past and the charismatic Arthur, once her partner in what she came to see as a series of crimes. Together they acted as fake mediums, perfecting the arcane skills practised by effective frauds.
Elizabeth finally rejected what once seemed an intoxicating game. Arthur continued his search for the right way to do wrong. He now subsidises free closure for the traumatised and dispossessed by preying on the super-rich. The pair still meet occasionally, for weekends of sexual oblivion, but their affection lacerates as much as it consoles.
She hadn't, though, expected the other man on the boat. As her voyage progresses, Elizabeth's past is revealed, codes slowly form and break as communication deepens. It's time for her to discover who are the true deceivers and who are the truly deceived.
The author of five previous novels, two books of non-fiction and five collections of short stories, A.L. Kennedy's last novel, Day, was the 2007 Costa Book of the Year. She has twice been selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists and has won a host of other awards. She lives in Glasgow and is a part-time lecturer in creative writing at Warwick University.
The Night Circus
In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire.
Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionados, who call themselves the rêveurs - the dreamers. At the heart of the story is the tangled relationship between two young magicians, Celia, the enchanter's daughter, and Marco, the sorcerer's apprentice. At the behest of their shadowy masters, they find themselves locked in a deadly contest, forced to test the very limits of the imagination, and of their love….
Erin Morgenstern is a writer and artist who describes all her work as being 'fairy tales in one way or another'. She lives in Massachusetts.
The Song of Achilles
Greece in the age of Heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to Phthia to live in the shadow of King Peleus and his strong, beautiful son, Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something far deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
Madeline Miller has a BA and MAA from Brown University in Latin and Ancient Greek, and has been teaching both for the past nine years. She has also studied at the Yale School of Drama, specialising in adapting classical tales to a modern audience. The Song of Achilles is her first novel.
The collapse of her brief marriage has stalled Bea Nightingale's life, leaving her middle-aged and alone, teaching in an impoverished borough of 1950s New York. A plea from her estranged brother gives Bea the excuse to escape lassitude by leaving for Paris to retrieve a nephew she barely knows; but the siren call of Europe threatens to deafen Bea to the dangers of entangling herself in the lives of her brother's family.
Travelling from America to France, Bea leaves the stigma of divorce on the far side of the Atlantic; newly liberated, she chooses to defend her nephew and his girlfriend Lili by waging a war of letters on the brother she has promised to help. But Bea’s generosity is a mixed blessing: those she tries to help seem to be harmed, and as Bea’s family unravels around her, she finds herself once again drawn to the husband she thought she had left in the past.
Cynthia Ozick is the author of numerous acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction. She is the former winner of the US National Book Critics Circle Award and has been shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize and the Man Booker International Prize. She currently lives in New York.
State of Wonder
Among the tangled waterways and giant anacondas of the Brazilian Rio Negro, an enigmatic scientist is developing a drug that could alter the lives of women forever. Dr Annick Swenson's work is shrouded in mystery; she refuses to report on her progress, especially to her investor's, whose patience is fast running out. Anders Eckman, a mild-mannered lab researcher, is sent to investigate. A curt letter reporting his untimely death is all that returns.
Now Marina Singh, Anders's colleague and once a student of the mighty Dr Swenson, is their last hope. Compelled by pleas of Anders's wife, who refuses to accept that her husband is not coming home, Marina leaves the snowy plains of Minnesota and retraces her friend's steps into the heart of the South American darkness, determined to track down Dr Swenson and uncover the secrets being jealously guarded among the remotest tribes of the rainforest.
What Marina does not yet know is that, in this ancient corner of the jungle, where the muddy waters and susurrating grasses hide countless unknown perils and temptations, she will face challenges beyond her wildest imagination. Marina is no longer the student, but only time will tell if she has learnt enough.
Ann Patchett is the author of five previous novels, including Bel Canto, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction. She writes for the New York Times Magazine, Elle, GQ, the Financial Times, the Paris Review and Vogue. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
There but for the
Imagine you give a dinner party and a friend of a friend brings a stranger to your house as his guest. He seems pleasant enough.
Imagine that this stranger goes upstairs halfway through the dinner party and locks himself in one of your bedrooms and won't come out.
Imagine you can't move him for days, weeks, months. If ever.
This is what Miles does, in a chichi house in the historic borough of Greenwich, in the years 2009 and 2010, in There but for the. Who is Miles, then? And what does it mean, exactly, to live with other people?
Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and lives in Cambridge. She is the author of Free Love, Like, Hotel World, Other Stories and Other Stories, The Whole Story and Other Stories, The Accidental, Girl Meets Boy and The First Person and Other Stories.
The Pink Hotel
A seventeen-year-old London girl flies to Los Angeles for the funeral of her mother Lily, from whom she had been separated in her childhood. After stealing a suitcase of letters, clothes and photographs from her mum's bedroom at the top of a hotel on Venice Beach, the girl spends her summer travelling around Los Angeles returning love letters and photographs to the men who had known her mother. As she discovers more about Lily's past and tries to re-enact her life, she comes to question the foundations of her own personality.
Anna Stothard lived in Los Angeles for two years before returning to London. She has written columns and articles in various national newspapers. Isabel and Rocco was her acclaimed first novel, and she is currently working on her third book.
Tides of War
Chatto & Windus
At the heart of this sweeping, panoramic novel, set in Regency London and Spain during the Peninsular War, stands the lively, outspoken Harriet, poised on the threshold of the adult world. Her new husband, James, is setting off to join the Duke of Wellington's troops in Spain. Left in London, she is taken under the wing of Kitty, Lady Wellington. While the women plunge into new worlds of politics, finance and science, the men face the bloody reality of the battlefield, testing their endurance to the hilt. There are betrayals on both sides, and at times it seems their love cannot endure. Their dramatic stories whirl us through the tumult of the Regency at home and abroad.
Stella Tillyard's books include Aristocrat’s: Caroline, Emily, Louisa and Sarah Lennox, 1740 – 1832; Citizen Lord: Lord Edward Fitzgerald, 1763 – 1798, and most recently A Royal Affair: George III and his Troublesome Siblings. She has lived in the USA and Italy and now lives in London.
A jury gathers in Manhattan to select a memorial for the victims of a devastating terrorist attack. Their fraught deliberations complete, the jurors open the envelope containing the anonymous winner's name – and discover he is an American Muslim. Instantly they are cast into roiling debate about the claims of grief, the ambiguities of art, and the meaning of Islam. Their conflicted response is only a preamble to the country's.
The memorial's designer is an enigmatic, ambitious architect named Mohammad Khan. His fiercest defender on the jury is its sole widow, the self-possessed and mediagenic Claire Burwell. But when the news of his selection leaks to the press, she finds herself under pressure from outraged family members and in collision with hungry journalists, wary activists, opportunistic politicians, fellow jurors, and Khan himself – as unknowable as he is gifted. In the fight for both advantage and their ideals, all will bring the emotional weight of their own histories to bear on the urgent question of how to remember, and understand, a national tragedy.
Amy Waldman was co-chief of the South Asia bureau of the New York Times. Her fiction has appeared in The Atlantic and the Boston Review and is anthologised in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010. She lives with her family in Brooklyn. This is her first novel.
All summaries and biographies of the authors are from the 2012 Orange Prize site. Which can be linked at the following: The Orange Prize 2012
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