“It’s a wonderful vote of confidence.”
This is what AM Homes said after beating Hilary Mantel and winning the Women’s Prize for Fiction for winning novel May We Be Forgiven, a dark satire of contemporary America.
Beating the giant
Home’s victory prevented Hilary Mantel to bring home the title the third time. Her novel beat Mantel’s Bring up the Bodies, a follow-up to her 2009’s Wolf Hall, which won the Man Booker Prize last year and the Costa Book of the Year in January. Mantel’s novel had been the odds-on favorite to win the Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly the Orange Prize this year.
Actress Miranda Richardson, the chairperson of the judges described Home’s novel as a “dazzling, original, viscerally funny black comedy.” She said it is a kind of book that she would want to read again. The book focuses on how a shocking act of violence changes the lives of Harry Silver, a historian and Nixon scholar, and his brother George, a high-flying TV executive with a beautiful wife and two children.
Speaking at a radio interview AM Homes said she had originally planned her winning novel as a short story. “I thought it was going to be a short story, but it just kept going – for 700 pages,” the novelist said. “I allowed myself to go on the ride, which I don’t necessarily do. I thought, ‘I’m going to write a book I like and entertain myself.'”