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Finalists for the Orange Prize for new women writers have been announced:

Journalist Diana Evans has been chosen for her debut 26a, about twins living in London brought up by their Nigerian mother and dissatisfied British father.

New York-based Nell Freudenberger's Lucky Girls is a collection of short stories set in Asia.

The third contender is Meg Rosoff's How I Live, about a girl sent to England from New York for one 'perfect summer'.

How I Live Now is a completely beautiful young adult novel that I highly recommend. And the Freudenberger was okay too.


  • At 3:48 PM , Blogger CAAF said...

    I was curious abot Freudenberger's book having been nominated. Not because of the quality of her work, which I've heard is good, but because the stated goal of the prize (as I understand it) is to make it easier for someone to pursue a career in writing.

    And given the size of Freudenberger's well-publicized publishing contract, I hardly think the prize money would/will make a huge difference.

  • At 5:09 PM , Blogger gwenda said...

    Maybe they figure is she wins an award everyone will forget about the size of her advance!

    (Or alternately, that she'll never get that much one again. I have no idea how Lucky Girls sold, but I can't imagine it earned out. But I could be wrong.)


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