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.”
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.)
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.