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aruna
05-09-2010, 11:57 AM
The Orange Prize for Fiction 2010 shortlist


http://booktrustadmin.kentlyons.com/images/image4293.gifRosie Alison The Very Thought of You (http://www.orangeprize.co.uk/show/feature/orange-2010-shortlist-RA)
Alma Books
http://booktrustadmin.kentlyons.com/images/image4293.gifBarbara Kingsolver The Lacuna (http://www.orangeprize.co.uk/show/feature/orange-2010-shortlist-BK)[/URL]
Faber and Faber
[URL="http://www.orangeprize.co.uk/show/feature/orange-2010-shortlist-AL"]http://booktrustadmin.kentlyons.com/images/image4293.gifAttica Locke Black Water Rising (http://www.orangeprize.co.uk/show/feature/orange-2010-BK-lacuna)
Serpent’s Tail
http://booktrustadmin.kentlyons.com/images/image4293.gifHilary Mantel Wolf Hall (http://www.orangeprize.co.uk/show/feature/orange-2010-shortlist-HM)
Fourth Estate
http://booktrustadmin.kentlyons.com/images/image4293.gifLorrie Moore A Gate at the Stairs (http://www.orangeprize.co.uk/show/feature/orange-2010-shortlist-LM)
Faber and Faber
http://booktrustadmin.kentlyons.com/images/image4293.gifMonique Roffey The White Woman on the Green Bicycle (http://www.orangeprize.co.uk/show/feature/orange-2010-shortlist-MR)
Simon and Schuster






This is the second time I've had a friend on the shortlist; the other one was AW's Patricia Wood -- was it only last year?
This time it's Monique. I loved her book and reviewed it for Caribbean Beat (http://www.meppublishers.com/online/caribbean-beat/homepage/5005.pdf). But I think it probably won't beat stars like Hilary Mantel's and Barbara Kingsolver.
Have you read any of them?

seun
05-09-2010, 04:04 PM
I got this list at work recently and haven't read any of them. I know it'll sound like some odd kind of reverse snobbery but there's still something about these prize lists that really puts me off. I was never able to put my finger on it until a couple of years ago when I read White Teeth. I opened the first page to see Christ knows how many reviews from magazines and papers telling me what a great book it was. There was no way of knowing what it was about or who the characters were. It was as if plot was a dirty word that didn't belong with such an important book.

That's what I get from books and lists like this. I know it's not the case really, but I still feel some slight disdain towards 'normal' books.

aruna
05-09-2010, 04:29 PM
I know what you mean. However, for the authors concerned, if they are have not yet been noticed, it's a great leg up. That's why I'm rooting for Monique. It's exposure for a book I would have loved anyway, even if she wasn't my friend, a book I'd like to see more people reading. As for White Teeth... pfft. Hardly any story to speak of, and a of of overwrought writing... the kind of book that puts sensible people off literary fiction!

seun
05-09-2010, 04:46 PM
Agree with you about the exposure angle. Publicity goes a long way.

And I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't like White Teeth. I could be wrong, but I think Smith's follow up was nominated for some important prize...before it was published. :Shrug:

aruna
05-09-2010, 04:52 PM
Smith became the media's darling after WT; she could write no wrong. They held her up as poster-girl for mixed-race immigrant authors, so all her books reap lavish praise. She has tried hard to keep up, writing literary articles for the Guardian, essays, etc. She's one f those authors who in my eyes are more self-conscious style than substance, which is not my cup of tea. She does have her following, though.

seun
05-09-2010, 04:54 PM
She's one f those authors who in my eyes are more self-conscious style than substance, which is not my cup of tea.

Mine, neither.