2012 Orange Prize Longlist Announced

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 Orange Prize longlist:

I got five of my twenty guesses: There but for the, State of Wonder, Half-Blood Blues, The Forgotten Waltz, and Gillespie and I.

The good news:

  • My girl Cynthia Ozick! I don’t think Foreign Bodies is her best work, but I’m still happy to see her on the list.
  • Ali Smith was snubbed for the Booker, so it’s nice that she made this longlist.
  • I didn’t know Roopa Farooki had a new book out! I really liked The Way Things Looked to Me, so I’m excited to read this one.

The not-so-good news:

  • The Submission. I know it’s timely and all, but it’s just not a very good novel.
  • No Silver Sparrow. I really loved this book and I would have been overjoyed for it to make the list. I have every intention of talking about how great this novel was until you all break down and buy it.
  • No Blow on a Dead Man’s Embers? How could the judges possibly have resisted that title?

We’ll find out the shortlist in April and the winner will be crowned on May 30. Until then, happy reading!

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2 Comments to 2012 Orange Prize Longlist Announced

  1. March 7, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    I am so with you on The Submission! I’m sad for Silver Sparrow too, but I feared it wouldn’t make it. There are some new to me titles and several I’m eager to read. Happy reading!

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