After four hours of deliberation, judges gave this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction to A.M. Homes for her novel May We Be Forgiven. Now in its 18th year, the British prize—formerly known as the Orange Prize—comes with £30,000 payout. Homes is the fifth consecutive American to win, having beaten fellow shortlisters Zadie Smith, Kate Atkinson, Barbara Kingsolver, Marie Semple and booksellers’ favorite Hilary Mantel. Actress Miranda Richardson, chair of the judging panel, praised Homes’ darkly comic tale of crime, sex, and laser shooting games for “standing the American dream on its head.”
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