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Orange Prize shortlist includes Cynthia Ozick, Anne Enright

The Orange Prize announced the shortlist for its 2012 award. It includes American writer Cynthia Ozick, who is in the running for her novel "Foreign Bodies," and Anne Enright, the Irish author of "The Forgotten Waltz"

The Orange Prize announced the shortlist for its 2012 award Tuesday. Six writers remain in the running for the prize, which is awarded in London to a female author of fiction written in English. The winner will receive $48,000.

American writer Cynthia Ozick is in the running for her novel "Foreign Bodies." Ozick, who turns 84 today, is the most senior of the authors on the shortlist. 

The stiffest competition may come from Anne Enright, the Irish author of "The Forgotten Waltz." In 2007, Enright won the prestigious Man Booker Prize.

Or maybe Ann Patchett is the favorite. Patchett, an American who recently opened an independent bookstore in Tennessee, is a previous Orange Prize winner for her novel "Bel Canto." Her new novel, "State of Wonder," made the shortlist. Patchett blurbed "The Song of Achilles," the book by the third American in the running, Madeline Miller. It's Miller's debut novel.

Esi Edugyan is on her second novel; the Canadian author's contender, "Half-Blood Blues," was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

British writer Georgina Harding rounds out the shortlist with "Painter of Silence."

The Orange Prize is scheduled to be presented at a ceremony May 30.


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-- Carolyn Kellogg

Left photo: Cynthia Ozick in 1997. Credit: Associated Press

Right photo: Anne Enright. Credit: Jonthan Cape / EPA


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