AM Homes has been awarded the Women’s Prize for Fiction for her sixth novel May We Be Forgiven
Homes was competing against a particularly strong shortlist which also featured Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies (which has already been awarded this year’s Man Booker Prize and Costa Book of the Year) and Zadie’s Smith NW.
Chair of Judges Miranda Richardson described Homes’ novel as “a dazzling, original, viscerally funny black comedy – a subversion of the American dream.”
Formerly the Orange Prize, Homes is the 18th recipient of the title which has previously been awarded to Madeline Miller for The Song of Achilles (2012), Lionel Shriver for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2005) and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for Half of a Yellow Sun (2007).
From next year, the prize will be sponsored by and named for cream liqueur drinks company Baileys.
2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) Shortlist
- Kate Atkinson: Life After Life
- A.M Homes: May We Be Forgiven
- Barbara Kingsolver: Flight Behaviour
- Hilary Mantel: Bring Up the Bodies
- Maria Semple: Where’d You Go, Bernadette
- Zadie Smith: NW