At the beginning, Renee Fleming’s career shot up in a vertical line. At this stage, the soprano said during a lunch, it’s broadening out horizontally. She demonstrated with a graceful wave of her arms.
One-time winner Ann Patchett and debut novelist Madeline Miller are finalists in the Orange Prize for Fiction, whose winner takes home 30,000 pounds ($47,850) and a bronze statuette called “the Bessie.”
Madeline Miller has won the Orange Prize for Fiction for “The Song of Achilles,” a novel set during the Trojan War which casts the Homeric hero’s relationship with his friend Patroclus as a love story.
Our favorite nonfiction books of the year travel through history from ancient Rome to the U.S. Civil War, while in fiction Stephen King sends a Maine schoolteacher back to 1958 to try to save John F. Kennedy’s life. (A separate list of the year’s top business books appeared yesterday.)