Friday, June 11, 2010

Orange Prize Confirms Pedigree as Kingsolver Wins in 2010

Congratulations to the remarkable and very talented  American (but internationalist at heart in Tragic's view,) Barbara Kingsolver, author of The Lacuna, winner of the 2010 UK Orange Prize. 

The book tells the story of a man torn between the warm heart of Mexico and the cold embrace of 1950s McCarthy-ite America. 

Born in the U.S. and reared in Mexico, young Harrison Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution in the household of the famed Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. A violent upheaval sends him north to a nation newly caught up in WWII. In the mountain city of Asheville, North Carolina he remakes himself in America's hopeful image, but political winds continue to throw him between north and south.

Tragic has just ordered his copy. Excellent winner chosen from a strong shortlist.

Tragic is a distant admirer of Ms.
Kingsolver not just because she  founded of the  Bellwether Prize in 2000 to support "literature of social change." Whilst some fine titles have won that prize since inception, Ms. Kinsolver's own writing is of the highest caliber both in form and content.

The Orange Prize has now established itself as one of the world's top ten awards on the Tragic Awardometre with some fabulous winner over the last decade. Past winners listed below taken from Tragic Literary Awards UK site

Barbara Kingsolver (born April 8, 1955) is an American novelist, essayist, and poet. She was raised in rural Kentucky  and lived briefly in Africa in her early childhood. Kingsolver earned degrees in Biology at DePauw University and the University of Arizona and worked as a freelance writer before she began writing novels.

Her most famous works include The Poisonwood Bible, the tale of a missionary family in the Congo, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a non-fiction account of her family's attempts to eat locally.

Each of her books published since 1993 have been on the New York Times Best Seller list. Her work often focuses on topics such as social justice, biodiversity, and the interaction between humans and their communities and environments. Kingsolver has received numerous awards, such as the National Humanities Medal, and has been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize. 

2009 Orange Prize Winner

4th June, 2009- The 2009  Orange Prize, has been won by American  Marilynne Robinson for her novel : HomeMarilynne Robinson: Home (Virago), American, 3rd Novel (Virago), Robinson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for her novel Gilead, revisits the setting and some of the characters from her previous work, creating in Home, described by the judges, as “a kind, wise, enriching novel, exquisitely crafted.”

2009 Orange Prize Other Shortlisted
ISBN: 9780330456142 - Scottsboro | ISBN: 9780099524007 - The Invention of Everything Else | ISBN: 9780571239665 - Molly Fox's Birthday | ISBN: 9781408804278 - Burnt Shadows
Ellen Feldman: Scottsboro: A Novel (Picador), American, 3rd Novel
In Alabama, 1931, a posse stops a freight train and arrests nine black youths. Their crime: fighting withwhite boys. Then two white girls emerge from another freight car, and the cry of rape goes up. A young journalist fights to save the nine...

Samantha Harvey: The Wilderness (Jonathan Cape), British, 1st Novel

Samantha Hunt: The Invention of Everything Else (HarvillSecker), American, 2nd Novel
Louisa is an imaginative and curious chambermaid who, while cleaning rooms at the New Yorker Hotel,stumbles across a man living permanently in room 3327, which he has transformed into a scientific laboratory. Louisa discovers that the mysterious...
Deirdre Madden: Molly Fox's Birthday (Faber and Faber), Irish, 7th Novel
Dublin. Midsummer. While absent in New York, the celebrated actor Molly Fox has loaned her house to a playwright friend, who is struggling to write a new work. Over the course of this, the longest day of the year, the playwright reflects upon her...

Kamila Shamsie: Burnt Shadows (Bloomsbury), Pakistani/British, 5th Novel
In a prison cell in the US, a man stands trembling, naked, fearfully waiting to be shipped to GuantanamoBay. How did it come to this? he wonders August 9th, 1945, Nagasaki. Hiroko Tanaka steps out onto her veranda, taking in the view of the...
ISBN: 9780753825655 - An Equal Stillness2009 New Orange Broadband New Writers Award Winner & Shortlist
Winner: Francesca Kay for An Equal Stillness , Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Jennet Mallow is born in Yorkshire in the 1920s but her interest in art and creativityalienates her from her family, her father who is a priest, her conventional sister and her emotionally stunted mother. Jennet moves to London in search of a more exciting life and finds it in her new environment and in the handsome and enigmatic figure of the painter David Heaton. When Jennet falls pregnant, her parents more or less force the two to marry. In the post-war austerity of the 1940s, the young couple struggles to make ends meet and Jennet finds that her home life is gradually eroding everything she has fought to achieve. Aware that David is becoming increasingly reliant on drink and tired of the dank and drab bed-sit in which they live, Jennet suggests they move to Spain. There, the bright blue skies, warm air and sunlit beaches give the couple and their children a new lease of life. Jennet begins to paint again and an agent takes an interest in her work. But as Jennet's own career begins to take off, her relationship with David sours and the two enter a destructive spiral with tragic consequences.
ISBN: <br />9781844085446 - Miles from Nowhere | ISBN: 9780330458559 - The Personal <br />History of Rachel DuPree
Other Shortlisted
Miles from Nowhere by Nami Mun, Virago
A brutally honest, linguistically inventive and profoundly moving novel that will inspire a generation of readers Joon is a young Korean immigrant living in the Bronx of the 1980s. Her parents have crumbled under the weight of her father's...

The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber, Macmillan New Writing
It is 1917 in the South Dakota Badlands, and summer has been hard. Fourteen years have passed since Rachel andIsaac DuPree left Chicago to stake a claim in this unforgiving land. Isaac, a former Buffalo Soldier, is proud: black families are rare...

2009 Orange Prize Other Longlisted
ISBN: 9780007281114 - The Household Guide to Dying |ISBN: 9780955647611 - Girl in a Blue Dress | ISBN: 9780385614245 - Their Finest Hour and a <br />Half | ISBN: 9780141031521 - Blonde Roots | ISBN: 9780099507987 - Strange Music
Debra Adelaide: The Household Guide to Dying (HarperCollins), Australian, 4th Novel
Desperate Housewives meets Six Feet Under in this brilliantly moving and darkly comic novel, which charts the attempts of dying heroine Delia -- a modern day Mrs Beeton -- to prepare her family for the future and lay to rest a ghost from her past.
Gaynor Arnold: Girl in a Blue Dress(Tindal Street Press), British, 1st Novel
Alfred Gibson's funeral has taken place at Westminster Abbey, and his wife of twenty years, Dorothea, has not been invited. Dorothea is comforted by her feisty daughter Kitty, until an invitation for a private audience with Queen Victoria arrives...

Lissa Evans: Their Finest Hour and a Half (Doubleday), British, 3rd Novel
In 1940, every draft of every film script had to be approved by the Ministry of Information. Newly crowned actor, script-writer, costumier and military attache must swallow their mutual distaste, ill-will and mistrust and unite for the common...

Bernadine Evaristo: Blonde Roots (Hamish Hamilton), British, 4th Novel
Presents an imaginative inversion of the transatlantic slave trade - in which 'whytes' are enslaved by black people. This title brings the shackles and cries of long-ago barbarity uncomfortably close and raises questions about the society.
Laura Fish: Strange Music (Jonathan Cape), British, 2nd Novel
In 1837 an ailing Elizabeth Barrett is confined to bed, suffering debilitating illness. Longing for a return to health and mobility, she corresponds with friends, endures uncomfortable remedies, writes poetry and frets over her father and siblings. On the Barrett estate in Jamaica a Creole maidservant named Kaydia is struggling to save her child from the abusive attentions of the master. In the cane fields, indentured laborer and former slave Sheba mourns the loss of her lover.

ISBN: 9780753826225 - Love Marriage | ISBN: 9781843548416 - Intuition | ISBN: <br />9781846270079 - The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight
V.V. Ganeshananthan: Love Marriage (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), American, 1st Novel

Allegra Goodman: Intuition (Atlantic Books), American, 6th Novel
Michelle de Kretser: The Lost Dog (Chatto & Windus), Australian, 3rd Novel

Toni Morrison: A Mercy (Chatto & Windus), American, 9th Novel

Gina Ochsner: The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight (PortobelloBooks), American, 1st Novel

| ISBN: 9780385616744 - American Wife | ISBN: 9780571224012 - The <br />Flying Troutmans | ISBN: <br />9780330458559 - The Personal History of Rachel DuPree
Preeta Samarasan: Evening Is the Whole Day (Fourth Estate), Malaysian,
Curtis Sittenfeld: American Wife (Doubleday), American, 3rd Novel

Miriam Toews: The Flying Troutmans (Faber and Faber), Canadian, 4th Novel
Ann Weisgarber: The Personal History of Rachel DuPree (Macmillan New Writing), American, 1st Novel

Orange Prize Winners 1996 to present

| ISBN: 9780141019451 - On Beauty | ISBN: 9781852424671 - <br />We Need to Talk About Kevin
2009: Marilynne Robinson – Home

2008: Rose Tremain - The Road Home
2007: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Half of a Yellow Sun

2006: Zadie Smith - On Beauty

2005: Lionel Shriver - We Need to Talk About Kevin
ISBN: 9780755307500 - Small Island | ISBN: 9780349117324 - Property | ISBN: 9781841155838 - Bel Canto | ISBN: 9780330392617 - The <br />Idea of Perfection
2004: Andrea Levy - Small Island

2003: Valerie Martin - Property
2002: Ann Patchett - Bel Canto
2001: Kate Grenville - The Idea of Perfection
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ISBN: 9781862074040 - When I Lived in Modern Times | ISBN: 9780140273328 - A<br /> Crime in the Neighborhood | ISBN: 9781857027051 - Larry's Party | ISBN: 9780747599258 - Fugitive <br />Pieces | ISBN: 9780141033587 - A Spell of<br /> Winter
2000: Linda Grant - When I Lived in Modern Times

1999: Suzanne Berne - A Crime in the Neighborhood

1998: Carol Shields - Larry's Party
1997: Anne Michaels - Fugitive Pieces

1996: Helen Dunmore - A Spell of Winter

New Orange Broadband New Writers Award Winners 2005 to present
ISBN: 9780297855491 - An Equal Stillness | ISBN: 9780571232611 - Inglorious | ISBN: 9780099502470 - The Lizard <br />Cage | ISBN: 9780141025957 - Disobedience | ISBN: 9780099479048 - 26a

2009 Francesca Kay for An Equal Stillness

2008 Joanna Kavenna Inglorious

2007 Karen Connolly The Lizard Cage

2006 Naomi Alderman Disobedience

2005 Diana Evans 26a

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