Last night in London, American author Marilynne Robinson was awarded the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction with her third novel Home.
Fi Glover, Chair of Judges who presented the author with the £30,000 prize and the ‘Bessie’, a limited edition bronze figurine, said of Home. : ‘A kind, wise, enriching novel, exquisitely crafted. We were unanimously agreed – it is a profound work of art.’
Precis of Home from the Orange Prize website : Jack – prodigal son of the Boughton family, godson and namesake of John Ames, gone twenty years, has returned home looking for refuge and to try to make peace with a past littered with trouble and pain. A bad boy from childhood, an alcoholic who cannot hold down a job, Jack is perpetually at odds with his surroundings and with his traditionalist father, though he remains Boughton’s most beloved child. His sister Glory has also returned to Gilead, fleeing her own mistakes, to care for their dying father. Brilliant, loveable, wayward, Jack forges an intense new bond with Glory and engages painfully with his father and his father’s old friend, John Ames.