This is the first year I have waited for the results of Orange Prize Winner for the entire day, hour by hour, like I’m waiting for X-factor singing contest winner to be announced, which only goes to prove my bookish frenzy is elevated to a another level now!
and the winner is….. ta da!
According to Guardian:
Not only is the newly announced winner of this year’s Orange prize for fiction a first time novelist, she’s also strikingly, surprisingly young – only 25 – making Téa Obreht the youngest ever author to be given the award in its 16-year history.
The Belgrade-born and New York-based Obreht was given what is the most prestigious prize for women’s writing at a ceremony in London’s Royal Festival Hall.
Something of an unexpected winner, judges praised her debut novel The Tiger’s Wife as evidence of a “truly exciting” new literary talent.
The historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes, who chaired the judging panel, said the novel more than fulfilled the Orange prize criteria of being original, accessible and excellent. “It is a very brave book,” she said. “We were looking for a book that had some kind of alchemy, that changed us as readers and changed the way we thought about the world and The Tiger’s Wife certainly does that. It is a very special book.”
Hughes said it had been a difficult decision – the final Tuesday-night judging panel session lasted more than four hours – and it was not unanimous. “It was an incredibly exhilarating and very positive meeting and although judges were arguing very passionately for particular books, without exception everyone was delighted that The Tiger’s Wife won.”
Hughes said the novel had been enlightening. “It opened the doors and allowed us to step into the houses and homes of people who have lived in the Balkans for generations and suffered generations of chronic conflict and it asked what do you do, as a society, to deal with that? One of the things you do, to deal with that level of suffering, is that you tell stories. For a prize which is a celebration of fiction and literature, it seems good to be honouring a book that puts storytelling right at its heart.”
The judges agreed that this year’s shortlists has a darker theme compared to previous years and are very strong. Around the book bloggers’ world, it was agreed that anyone from the shortlists could win the prize this year, I’m disappointed the ones I pinned for didn’t win but I am not surprise that this book is chosen. Orange prize judges, as I said often choose a book which appeals to the wider audience and more readable. It is the case of me not being able to accept that the vampire deathless man waking up from the coffin etc… but I’m sure there are millions who do.
So for the sake of my Orange Prize project, perhaps I should grit my teeth and finish this orange prize winner. After all I am already 50 pages into the book. 😉 Do you think this is wise?
Congratulations to Tea Obreht. The future is long and bright for her.
What about you? Were you disappointed, happy, surprised? Do you think this book deserves to win?