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A.M. Homes’ novel May We Be Forgiven shortlisted for Women’s Fiction Prize


Steve Runk    
Director of Communications
Lewis Center for the Arts

A.M. Homes
Photo by Marion Ettlinger

(Princeton, NJ) The novel May We Be Forgiven, by A.M. Homes, a Lecturer in Creative Writing in Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts, has been shortlisted for the Women’s Fiction Prize, previously known as the Orange Prize for Fiction.

The Women’s Fiction Prize was launched in 1996.  The Prize is awarded annually and celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.  

Shortlisted along with Homes’ novel are works by Kate Atkinson, Barbara Kingsolver, Hilary Mantel, Maria Semple, and Zadie Smith.

Homes is the author of two collections of short stories, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects, the novels Music for Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, Jack and the bestselling This Book Will Save Your Life, and the highly acclaimed memoir, The Mistress’s Daughter. She is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and writes frequently on arts and culture for several magazines and newspapers. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including Fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and The Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library, along with the Benjamin Franklin Award, and the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis. 

In a review for NPR, Michael Schaub wrote: “May We Be Forgiven is both a narrative masterwork and an impassioned cry of conscience against the selfishness and anomie of the digital generation. It's not just one of the best novels of the past few years, it's also the most deeply, painfully American.”

The winner of the Women’s Fiction Prize will be announced on June 5, 2013 in London.

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Photo caption: A.M. Homes, Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts, whose novel, May We Be Forgiven, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Women’s Fiction Prize
Photo credit: Photo by Marion Ettlinger

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