Orange Prize for Fiction: Our Picks

Mimi ON Apr 20, 2012 AT 4:51 pm

With the rain pouring down all around us, this is the perfect weather to curl up with a bottle of wine or a cuppa and a good book. Not sure what to read? Luckily, Orange’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist is out and the selections are brilliant as always.

We’ve picked out 3 of our favourites;

Foreign Bodies, Cynthia Ozick

Foreign Bodies

The failure of Bea Nightingale’s marriage brought her life to a halt. Middle aged and now alone, Bea is a teacher in an impoverished New York borough in the 1950’s. At her brothers insistence she travels to Paris to pick up a nephew she barely knows. She leaves behind her divorce drama in America and in France champions for her nephew’s relationship against her brother’s wishes effectively starting a war of letters with the brother she had actually promised to help. As Bea’s family breakdown around her, she is drawn to the relationship that has just done the same, she gravitates to the husband she though she had left in America.


Half Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan

Half Blood Blues

After the fall of Paris in 1940, Hieronymus Falk, a rising cabaret star was arrested in a café and never heard of again. He was only twenty years old and a black German citizen. 50 years later, the only witness to what happened, an ex bandmate of Hiero, Sid is traveling back to Berlin to meet up with Chip, an old friend who has more information as to what really happened to Hiero.

The Forgotten Waltz, Anne Enright

The Forgotten Waltz

In a retrospective view at her winter of 2009, Gina Moynihan reminisces about the winter in which a wave of lust and attraction led Gina to fall in love with the love of her life, Sean Valley. Gina remembers their rendezvous in hotel room after hotel room and how the snowfall in Terenure, Dublin made for luminous days full of possibilities with Sean. Through the snow Gina walks out to meet someone she calls Sean’s “beautiful mistake” his daughter Evie.

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