The Orange Prize, “awarded to the best novel of the year written in English by a woman.” was announced yesterday. The winner (pictured above) is Tea Obreht for the Tiger’s Wife. The Brentwood Library has a digital copy to the Tiger’s Wife available to our community. Listed here as well is the Orange Prize Shortlist (nominees, basically), to consider for the Summer:
Remembering childhood stories her grandfather once told her, young physician Natalia becomes convinced that he spent his last days searching for “the deathless man,” a vagabond who claimed to be immortal. As Natalia struggles to understand why her grandfather, a deeply rational man would go on such a farfetched journey, she stumbles across a clue that leads her to the extraordinary story of the tiger’s wife.
Emma Donoghue - Room (Link to Catalog)
A five-year-old narrates a story about his life growing up in a single room where his mother aims to protect him from the man who has held her prisoner for seven years since she was a teenager.
Aminatta Forna - The Memory of Love (Link to Catalog)
While a gifted young surgeon is haunted by memories of the civil war that has decimated his Sierra Leone home, a patient relates disturbing stories about the post-colonial years and a well-intentioned British psychiatrist draws all of them into the path of an enigmatic woman. By the award-wining author of Ancestor Stones.
Emma Henderson - Grace Williams Says it Loud
he doctors said no more could be done and advised Grace’s parents to put her away. On her first day at the Briar Mental Institute, Grace, aged eleven, meets Daniel. Debonair Daniel, an epileptic who can type with his feet, sees a different Grace: someone to share secrets and canoodle with, someone to fight for.
Nicole Krauss - Great House (Link to Catalog)
Connected solely by a desk of enormous dimension and many drawers that exerts a power over those who possess it or give it away, three people—a lonely American novelist clinging to the memory of a poet who has mysteriously vanished in Chile, an old man in Israel facing the imminent death of his wife of 51 years, and an esteemed antiques dealer tracking down the things stolen from his father by the Nazis—struggle to create a meaningful permanence in the face of inevitable loss.
Kathleen Winter - Annabel (Outside of Brentwood)
Raised as a boy but secretly nurtured as a girl by various family members, a hermaphrodite youth in 1970s Canada escapes his hometown and struggles to confront his dual identity as well as his allegiances to those he most loves. A first novel by the award-winning author of the story collection, boYs. Original.