American writers Barbara Kingsolver and Lorrie Moore and Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel are among six finalists for the Orange Prize for fiction by women.
Organizers today announced a shortlist that includes Kingsolver's kaleidoscope of US and Mexican history The Lacuna, Moore's wry Midwestern tale A Gate at the Stairs and Mantel's Tudor epic Wolf Hall.
The other nominees are "The Very Thought of You," by Rosie Alison; Attica Locke's Black Water Rising and The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey.
The £30,000 prize is open to any novel by a woman published in English. The winner will be announced June 9.