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Esi Edugyan among finalists for Orange Prize for fiction by women

LONDON – Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan is among six finalists for Britain’s Orange Prize for fiction by women.

Organizers on Tuesday announced a shortlist that includes Edugyan’s “Half Blood Blues,” which was also on the Booker Prize shortlist.

Last year Edugyan won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s richest literary award, for the novel.

Other books on the Orange shortlist are Cynthia Ozick’s “Foreign Bodies,” Ann Patchett’s “State of Wonder,” Madeleine Miller’s debut “The Song of Achilles,” “The Forgotten Waltz” by Ireland’s Anne Enright and “Painter of Silence” by British writer Georgina Harding.

Ozick, Patchett and Miller are American authors. Patchett won the prize in 2002 for “Bel Canto.”

Writer Joanna Trollope, who chaired the judging panel, said it was “a shortlist of remarkable quality and variety.”

The 30,000-pound ($48,000) prize is open to any novel by a woman published in English. The winner will be announced May 30.

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_ With files from The Canadian Press.

— Online: http://www.orangeprize.co.uk