I am off to see my family in Spain and England so thought I would use the time to catch up on some prize-winning reading:
A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Pulitzer Prize)
I have read this already but loved it so much that I am already looking forward to reading it again.
“If you haven’t already read Goon Squad, which the committee aptly described as an “inventive investigation of growing up and growing old in the digital age, displaying a big-hearted curiosity about cultural change at warp speed,” get on it.” (New York Magazine)
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht (Orange Prize)
Bettany Hughes, Chair of Judges, said: “By skilfully spinning a series of magical tales she has managed to bring the tragedy of chronic Balkan conflict thumping into our front rooms with a bittersweet vivacity. The book reminds us how easily we can slip into barbarity, but also of the breadth and depth of human love. Obreht celebrates storytelling and she helps us to remember that it is the stories that we tell about ourselves, and about others, that can make us who we are and the world what it is.”
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (IMPAC Dublin Literary Award)
The novel explores the intertwining lives of a radical Irish monk in the Bronx, an Upper East Side bereaved housewife, a proud young woman suffering years of hardship, a drug-addled young artist and a prostitute and her daughter.
“The judges described the book as “a genuinely 21st century novel that speaks to its time but is not enslaved by it. Its beguiling nature leaves the reader with as much uncertainty as we feel throughout our lives, but therein lies the power of fiction and of this book in particular.” (BBC)
The Long Song by Andrea Levy (Walter Scott prize)
“The Walter Scott prize is sponsored by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, whose ancestors were closely linked to Scott, and uses Scott’s famous novel Waverley to pin down what constitutes historical fiction: events must have taken place at least 60 years before publication, making them outside the author’s own “mature personal experience”. Last year’s inaugural award was won by Hilary Mantel, for her story of the life of Thomas Cromwell, Wolf Hall.” (The Guardian)