Monday, June 04, 2012

Orange Prize Winner

The 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction went to Madeline Miller for The Song of Achilles. The story is a retelling of the story of Achilles and Patroclus, recasting them as lovers. Miller is a first time novelist and wrote the book using her expertise in Greek and Roman mythology.

The award is a bit of a surprise, given that it is a debut novel and the fact that it was up against a few heavyweights in Ann Patchett, Anne Enright and Canadian 2011 awards darling Esi Edugyan. But, it must be good as well as interesting and challenging to have prevailed. I look forward to reading it!

Read more about the announcement here and here.

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