Kingsolver Wins Orange Prize for Fiction 2010

American author Barbara Kingsolver has won this year’s Orange Prize for Fiction for her novel, The Lacuna (Faber). The announcement was made a couple of hours ago at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, in London, where Kingsolver was presented with the award and a cheque for £30,000. This year’s event, the 15th awarding of the Orange Prize for Fiction, was hosted by Co-Founder and Honorary Director, Kate Mosse.

“We had very different tastes on the panel, but in the end we went for passion not compromise. We chose The Lacuna because it is a book of breathtaking scale and shattering moments of poignancy.”

Daisy Goodwin, chair of the judging panel

About The Lacuna
Born in the US and reared in a series of provincial households in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd is mostly a liability to his social-climbing mother, Salomé; his fortunes remaining insecure as Salomé finds her rich men-friends always on the losing side of the Mexican Revolution.

Harrison aims for invisibility, observing his world and recording everything in his notebooks with a peculiar selfless irony. Life is what he learns from servants putting him to work in the kitchen, errands he runs on the streets. Then, one day, he ends up mixing plaster for famed Mexican muralist, Diego Riviera – which leads to a job in Riviera’s house, where Harrison makes himself useful to the muralist, his wife Frida Kahlo and the exiled Bolshevik leader, Lev Trotsky.

A violent upheaval sends him to the US. In Carolina, he remakes himself in America’s hopeful image and finds an extraordinary use for his talents of observation. But political winds continue to volley him between north and south, in a story that turns many times on the unspeakable breach – the lacuna – between truth and public presumption.

Barbara Kingsolver Bio
Kingsolver was born in 1955 and grew up in eastern Kentucky, USA. Her books include poetry, non-fiction and award-winning fiction. Her novel The Poisonwood Bible was previously shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 1999. She lives with her husband and daughter in southwestern Virginia, USA.

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