Marilynne Robinson wins Orange Prize

Marilynne Robinson wins Orange Prize


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Marilynne Robinson has been named the winner of the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction for her third novel, Home. Robinson, who joined us at the 27th Key West Literary Seminar this past January, was the unanimous choice of the judges, who cited Home for the "luminous quality" of its writing, as well as its ability "to draw the reader into a world of hope, expectation, misunderstanding, love, and kindness."

The Orange, awarded at a ceremony in London last night, is given annually to the best English-language novel written by a woman. It is considered one of the U.K.’s most prestigious awards, and includes a cash prize of £30,000. Past winners include Valerie Martin, and this year’s shortlist included Samantha Hunt, both of whom joined Robinson in Key West for our recent Seminar.

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