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The  2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist has been announced!  Formerly the Orange Prize, it is the UK’s prize for women writers from around the globe and a good way to find out about literary fiction that might not have gotten a lot of press.  Out of the 20 books nominated, I’ve only read three: Bring Up The Bodies, Gone Girl, and Flight BehaviorNW and Where’d You Go Bernadette are in my TBR pile on the coffee table.

So that leaves fifteen new books to consider!  Well, almost.  I’ve been following the Morning News Tournament of Books and I’m pretty sure May We Be Forgiven and How Should A Person Be are not my cup of tea.  Some of the nominees on the longlist look like straight up chick lit which is also not my thing.  Ignorance and Lamb, for example, both have a headless woman  on the cover.  Although the recent treatment of The Bell Jar suggests I might want to follow the old advice and not judge by the cover.

Of the other books on the list, The Innocents and Alif The Unseen are the two books that I’m most interested in reading.  Maybe The Marlow Papers as well?

I’ll be curious to see what makes the shortlist in April!


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