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Debut novelist wins Orange Prize for Fiction

  • Debut American novelist Madeline Miller has won the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction with The Song of Achilles, a story of same-sex romance set in the Greek mythological age of heroes.

    The $46,000 prize recognizes English language fiction written by women.

    Miller is the fourth American author in a row to win the annual prize.

    The other novelists on the shortlist included former winner Ann Patchett for State of Wonder, Esi Edugyan for Half Blood Blues, Anne Enright for The Forgotten, Georgina Harding for Painter of Silence and Cynthia Ozick for Foreign Bodies.