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Three "beautiful" Orange Prize finalists

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(Read caption) Barbara Kingsolver accepts the Orange Prize for fiction awarded to her for her novel "The Lacuna."

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Barbara Kingsolver won this year's Orange Prize for English-language fiction by women. But it wasn't an easy decision, chief judge Daisy Goodwin told the press. According to Goodwin there were three novels viewed as "hot favorites" by the judges and choosing among was like "choosing between your three beautiful daughters."

The three novels agonized over by the judges were Kingsolver's "The Lacuna," Lorrie Moore's "A Gate at the Stairs," and Booker Prize-winner "Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel.

These three titles – one by a British author, two by Americans– certainly make for an eclectic grouping.

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