The Women's Prize for Fiction is the 2013 name for the award formerly known as the Orange Prize for Fiction. The prize is awarded to the woman who, in the opinion of the judges, has written the best, eligible full-length novel in English. The award will have a new sponsor -- and presumably a new name -- later this year.
Something rubs me the wrong way about prizes based on gender (or race, for that matter) because they suggest an inability to compete in an open field. But that does not stop me from appreciating that the winners may well be very good books, worth reading.
I am particularly interested in reading reviews of these books, so if anyone is working on this list, please leave a comment with the link to your reviews or progress posts and I will include your link in this post. The Orange Prize Project is a blog devoted to winners of this prize, as well as books that make the long list and short list every year.
So far, I have read five of the winners. Those I have read are in red; those on my TBR shelf are in blue.
2012 Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles
2011 Téa Obreht, The Tiger's Wife
2010 Barbara Kingsolver, The Lacuna
2009 Marilynne Robinson, Home
2008 Rose Tremain, The Road Home
2007 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun
2006 Zadie Smith, On Beauty (reviewed here)
2005 Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin
2004 Andrea Levy, Small Island (reviewed here)
2003 Valerie Martin, Property
2002 Ann Patchett, Bel Canto (reviewed here)
2001 Kate Grenville, The Idea of Perfection (reviewed here)
2000 Linda Grant, When I Lived in Modern Times
1999 Suzanne Berne, A Crime in the Neighborhood
1998 Carol Shields, Larry's Party
1997 Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces
1996 Helen Dunmore, A Spell of Winter
NOTELast updated on March 20, 2013.
OTHERS READING THE WINNERS
Hotchpot Cafe's progress list
If you are reading these books, please leave comments with links to related posts and I will list them here.