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Patricia Wood gets Orange Prize nomination for ‘Lottery’
Debut novelist Patricia Wood
was the only American nominated for the Orange Broadband Prize for
Fiction, the author told WORD’N’BASS. The Orange Prize, among the most
prestigious literary titles in the UK, recognizes talented women
authors whose work is published in Great Britain, and Patricia's
breakout novel "Lottery" made the cut.
will be flown out to London for the awards ceremony at London's Royal
Festival Hall on June 4, said she was both thrilled and "ready to burst
from the pressure" after her UK publisher said she was among six
nominees. Penguin Group imprint Putnam published the US edition last
"It was surreal," Patricia told WORD’N’BASS about her initial reaction
to making the Orange Prize’s shortlist for her novel, about a man with a
low IQ who wins the Washington State Lottery and must deal
with its fallout. "Until it was official I kept on thinking that they
would find out it was a mistake and say, ‘Oh those were the six that
DIDN’T make it.’ I am beyond excited."
Make it she did. Other Orange Prize nominees include "Fault Lines" by Nancy Huston, "The Outcast" by Sadie Jones, "When We Were Bad" by Charlotte Mendelson, "The Road Home"
by Rose Tremain and "Lullabies
For Little Criminals" by Heather
We think O'Neill, a talented Canadian writer and spoken word artist,
will give Patricia her stiffest competition. Lullabies’ protagonist is
a 12-year-old girl who spends time in foster homes, abandoned in an
apartment, and on the streets of Montreal that her literary agent Sam Stoloff
described as "an oddly charming, somewhat wistful portrait"
of a street kid.
The winner of Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction will earn 30,000
pounds, about $59,000, as well as a typical spike in book sales after
the winner is announced in June.
UPDATE (May 13): Patricia Wood’s bid for an Orange
Prize received a shot in the arm after actress Sarah Michelle Gellar optioned the
film rights to her novel "Lottery" (Putnam). Patricia, who informed
WORD’N’BASS.com about the deal on Monday, declined to disclose terms of
the deal or whether other actors were attached. The UK edition of Lottery is one of
six titles nominated for the Orange Prize. For more
information about Patricia check out her blog.
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