In March Trisha posted about the Orange Prize longlist, and the results are finally in—Barbara Kingsolver it is, for her novel The Lacuna!

(The Orange Prize is a British award given to the best novel written by a woman in English and published in the UK in a given year.)

Daisy Goodwin, chair of judges, commented on the prize selection: "We chose The Lacuna because it is a book of breathtaking scale and shattering moments of poignancy."

For more on The Lacuna, read this excerpt from BookPage's November interview with Kingsolver:

It’s the epic story of Harrison William Shepherd, a young boy whose Mexican mother takes him back to her home country in the 1930s after splitting with his father, a Washington, D.C., bureaucrat ... The novel is a brilliant mix of truth and fiction, history and imagination, presented as a compilation of Harrison’s journals, along with newspaper clippings and other notes that make for a compelling and utterly believable read ... For Kingsolver, this book was her exploration of that “in between” space where ­pieces are missing and the truth is hidden. She also set out to probe the question:

Do artists have a responsibility to address social issues and express their opinions?

Continue reading this interview.

Kingsolver was up against some stiff competition: Lorrie Moore, Hilary Mantel . . . Do you agree that The Lacuna was the best novel written by a woman (and published in the UK) this year?

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