Orange Prize 2012 – Shortlist

Let’s hope the 2012 Orange Prize doesn’t go the same way of this year’s Pulitzer!

The six novels shortlisted for this year’s Orange Prize are:

Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright

Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

I haven’t read any of the novels shortlisted and with the winner announced on May 30, I am unlikely to make my way through the list. Nevertheless, I’m intrigued by The Forgotten Waltz but feel I should read State of Wonder (you know when you see a book reviewed in every newspaper and magazine you pick up and on display in every book shop you walk into? That’s State of Wonder for me). I’ll wait until the winner is announced and then read the winning novel.

PS. Stay tuned for Australia’s equivalent of the Orange Prize, the Stella Prize. I believe it will be up and running this year.

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