For distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, Ten thousand dollars.
Awarded to "The Goldfinch," by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown), a beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy’s entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction, a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart.
Also nominated as finalists in this category were "The Son," by Philipp Meyer (Ecco), a sweeping multi-generational novel that illuminates the violence and enterprise of the American West by tracing a Texas family’s passage from lethal frontier perils to immense oil-boom wealth; and "The Woman Who Lost Her Soul," by Bob Shacochis (Atlantic Monthly Press), a novel spanning 50 years and three continents that explores the murky world of American foreign policy before 9/11, using provocative themes to raise difficult moral questions.
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction – the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman – is delighted to announce the 2014 shortlist.
This year’s six shortlisted books were whittled down from a twenty-strong longlist, which can be found here. The shortlist boasts one previous Orange Prize winner, one previously shortlisted author and three debut novelists.
Chair judge, Helen Fraser, describes the shortlist as, “brilliant, original and gripping.”
The judges must now choose an overall winner, who will be announced at an awards ceremony in The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, on 4th June 2014
- Burial Rites (Hannah Kent, Picador)
- Night Games (Anna Krien, Black Inc.)
- The Night Guest (Fiona McFarlane, Hamish Hamilton)
- Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir (Kristina Olsson, UQP)
- The Swan Book (Alexis Wright, Giramondo)
- The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka (Clare Wright, Text)
This Saturday Oscar & Friends Surry Hills will be closing at 6pm so we can watch the parade!
See you all there.
Come and buy a books from our special Guest booksellers Jennifer Byrne, Richard Glover & Susan Wyndham this Sunday at Oscar & Friends, as part of the Double Bay Street Festival!