Oh dear. The short list for the Orange Prize has been announced, and I didn’t like three out of the six novels on the list. You’ll recall that my Literary Masters book groups read last year’s winner, The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. That was a wonderfully literary novel, which I blogged about here.
This year’s short list is as follows:
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht. Here we go. I can just see this book sweeping the literary awards, and as you know, it left me…underwhelmed. I blogged on it here.
Great House by Nicole Krauss. Ugh. I blogged about it here.
Room by Emma Donaghue. I know that I said I wouldn’t read this book, but I did. And I found it creepily compelling for the first half, and then I thought it fell apart in the second half. Yes, I, like others, found the boy’s voice believable and, as I said, compelling, but that wasn’t enough to sustain me.
Grace Williams Says It Loud by Emma Henderson. I haven’t read it, but it takes place in an institution for the mentally ill, and is about a relationship between the two patients.
The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna. I haven’t read this either, but it’s evidently about the Sierra Leonean civil war. Or the aftermath. Or both. I’m sure I’d learn a lot anyway. I think I may read this one.
Annabel by Kathleen Winter is about a hermaphrodite whose parents’ choice of surgery has massive consequences in the child’s life. I may read this one as well.
One book that did not make the list that I have on my TBR shelf is Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad.
For more on the Orange Prize and its short list, click here. And let me know what you think–which novel do you feel should win?