OZ­ICK OLD­EST ORANGE NOM­I­NEE

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment -

AND then there was one. Out of five Amer­i­can Jewish writ­ers longlisted for this year’s Orange Prize, just one has made the short­list. Oc­to­ge­nar­ian Cyn­thia Oz­ick is the old­est writer to be short­listed for the prize.

She is on the short­list of six for her sev­enth novel, For­eign Bod­ies.

De­scribed as a “def­i­nite con­tender” by JC lit­er­ary ed­i­tor Ger­ald Ja­cobs, Ms Oz­ick is also the book­mak­ers’ favourite to win the prize for her tale about a mid­dle-aged di­vorcee in the 1950s.

The other books on the short­list are The For­got­ten Waltz by Anne En­right, Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan, Painter of Si­lence by Ge­orgina Hard­ing, Made­line Miller’s The Song of Achilles and State of Won­der by Ann Patch­ett.

The win­ner will be an­nounced at a cer­e­mony at the Royal Fes­ti­val Hall on May 30, by judges in­clud­ing au­thor Joanna Trol­lope and broad­caster Natasha Kaplin­sky.

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