Friday, June 5, 2009

Orange Prize for Fiction

Marilynne Robinson has been awarded the 2008 Orange Prize for fiction, along with £30,000, for Home, her third novel. Fi Glover, the chair of judges, commented, "We were unanimously agreed – [Home] is a profound work of art." Personally, I loved this beautiful, contemplative novel and gave it a 4 out of 5.

In 1981, Marilynne Robinson published her first novel--Housekeeping, which received the PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2004, her novel Gilead won the Pulitzer and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
The Orange Prize for Fiction is open to any full length novel written in English by a woman of any nationality, provided that the novel is published for the first time in the United Kingdom between April 1st of the year before the prize is awarded and March 31st of the year in which the prize is awarded.

3 comments:

Zibilee said...

I am really glad that she won this. I really like her work.

Lit and Life said...

Robinson writes wonderfully and populates her books with real people in real situations. Jack and Glory Boughton were both such complex characters.

Dave said...

I thought you might be interested in this site - a good way of keeping up with prize winners:
http://www.bookprizeinfo.com.