Orange Prize for Fiction longlist

The 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction longlist was announced last week. Out of 130 books submitted the following 20 titles were selected by the judges over the last three months for the longlist:

Debra Adelaide The Household Guide to Dying: a Novel Celebrating Life
Gaynor Arnold Girl in a Blue Dress [1st novel]
Lissa Evans Their Finest Hour and a Half
Bernadine Evaristo Blonde Roots
Ellen Feldman Scottsboro
Laura Fish Strange Music
V.V. Ganeshananthan Love Marriage [1st novel]
Allegra Goodman Intuition
Samantha Harvey The Wilderness: a Novel [1st novel]
Samantha Hunt The Invention of Everything Else
Michelle de Kretser The Lost Dog
Deirdre Madden Molly Fox’s Birthday
Toni Morrison A Mercy: a Novel
Gina Ochsner The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight [1st novel]
Marilynne Robinson Home
Preeta Samarasan Evening is the Whole Day [1st novel]
Kamila Shamsie Burnt Shadows
Curtis Sittenfeld American Wife
Miriam Toews The Flying Troutmans
Ann Weisgarber The Personal History of Rachel DuPree [1st novel]

Six of the longlisted books are first novels, including Gaynor Arnold’s Girl in a Blue Dress, which was also longlisted for last year’s Man Booker prize. She is one of five British authors on the list. The longlist includes a record nine authors from the United States and, for the first time, a work by a Malaysian writer.

The Orange Prize for Fiction is open only to women who, in the opinion of the judges, have written the best eligible full-length novel in English between April last year and March this year. The shortlist will be announced on 21 April and the overall winner on 3 June. Last year’s winner was Rose Tremain with The Road Home

The Guardian American authors dominate Orange fiction longlist

The Telegraph Orange Prize for Fiction: Birmingham social worker takes on Nobel winner

The Independent When I’m 64: social worker is literary hit – after 20 years of trying


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