A.M. Homes Triumphs

    A hearty congratulations to Top Ten contributor A.M. Homes winner of the prestigious Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize, soon to be the Baileys prize) for her novel May We Be Forgiven. It follows Nixon historian Harold Silver as he begins an ultimately fatal affair with his sister-in-law. NPR's Michael Schaub wrote, "It's not just one of the best novels of the past few years, it's also the most deeply, painfully American." 

    The Guardian reports that other finalists for the prize were:

    ·       Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, the second volume in her ongoing trilogy about Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII, which has already won the Man Book Prize twice.

    ·       Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver, who won the Women’s Prize in 2010 for “The Lacuna.”

    ·       Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, the English writer whose first novel, “Behind the Scenes at the Museum,” won the 1995 Whitbread prize.

    ·   NW by Zadie Smith, which offers psychological and sociological insights through the story of four struggling men and women in West London linked by blood, place, affinity, and chance.

     ·       Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple, a comic novel about a 15-yearold Seattle girl who tries to track down her agrophobic mother. 


    Read a review of May We Be Forgiven.

    Read A.M.’s thoughts on gender and literature.

    Watch A.M.’s interview with Jeanette Winterson.


    A.M. Homes’ Top Ten List

    1. The Birthday Party (1958) and The Homecoming (1965) by Harold Pinter.

    2. The Zoo Story (1958), The American Dream (1961), and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962), three plays by Edward Albee.

    3. Bullet Park by John Cheever (1967).

    4. Disturbing the Peace by Richard Yates (1975).

    5. Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown (1965).

    6. A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch (1961).

    7. The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh (1948).

    8. Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown (1964).

    9. Crime and Punishment by the bid D (1866).

    10. Lolita by the big N (1955). 

    New List

    Francine Prose

    1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877).
    2. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal (1839). (See below.)
    3. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (1913–27).
    4. The stories of Anton Chekhov (1860–1904).
    5. The stories of John Cheever (1912–82).
    6. The stories of Mavis Gallant (1922– ).
    7. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851).
    8. Middlemarch by George Eliot (1871–72).
    9. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967).


    Classic List

    Amy Bloom


    1. The Deptford trilogy by Robertson Davies (1983).
    2.Persuasion by Jane Austen (1817).
    3. His Dark Materialsby Philip Pullman (1995–2000).
    4.The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (1995).
    5.The Known World by Edward P. Jones (2003).
    6. The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro (1978).
    7. The Plot Against Americaby Philip Roth.
    8. The Hours by Michael Cunningham (1998).
    9. Fancies and Goodnights by John Collier (1951).
    10. Larry’s Party by Carol Shields (1997).


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