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Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 longlist announced

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Bailey’s is the new Orange. There were both surprises and familiar names among the 20 fiction works announced yesterday on the longlist of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, once known as the Orange Prize.

Since the award, which carries a monetary prize of £30,000 (about $50,000), is open to any woman writing in English, the names divulged yesterday in London include one Nigerian, one Pakistani, one Australian, two Canadian, four British and seven American writers, along with two with hyphenated nationalities.

The longlist:

  1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Americanah
  2. Margaret Atwood - MaddAddam
  3. Suzanne Berne – The Dogs of Littlefield
  4. Fatima Bhutto - The Shadow of the Crescent Moon
  5. Claire Cameron – The Bear
  6. Lea Carpenter - Eleven Days
  7. M.J. Carter - The Strangler Vine
  8. Eleanor Catton - The Luminaries
  9. Deborah Kay Davies - Reasons She Goes to the Woods
  10. Elizabeth Gilbert - The Signature of All Things
  11. Hannah Kent - Burial Rites
  12. Rachel Kushner - The Flamethrowers
  13. Jhumpa Lahiri - The Lowland
  14. Audrey Magee - The Undertaking
  15. Eimear McBride - A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing
  16. Charlotte Mendelson - Almost English
  17. Anna Quindlen - Still Life with Bread Crumbs
  18. Elizabeth Strout - The Burgess Boys
  19. Donna Tartt - The Goldfinch
  20. Evie Wyld - All The Birds, Singing

The prize has been won for five years running by Americans, most recently A.M. Homes in 2013 for May We Be Forgiven, which beat out the betting favorite Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies. Among this year’s longlist nominees, Donna Tartt, Anna Quindlen, Lea Carpenter currently are New Yorkers.

Six finalists will be announced on April 7. The winner of the prize will announced at an awards ceremony on June 4.


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