‘Room,’ Tale of Woman in Dungeon, Becomes Orange Prize Finalist

Emma Donoghue’s “Room” was tapped as one of six finalists in the Orange Prize for Fiction, whose winner takes home 30,000 pounds ($48,900) and a bronze statuette called “the Bessie.”

Created in 1996, the annual Orange Prize celebrates fiction by women worldwide. In narrowing the field from a list of 20 books, the judges passed over Jennifer Egan’s “A Visit From the Goon Squad” and Karen Russell’s “Swamplandia!”

In “Room” (Picador), Donoghue tells the horrifying story of a 19-year-old college student abducted and held captive for years in a secure chamber, like Elisabeth Fritzl of Austria.

The other finalists for the prize are Aminatta Forna’s “The Memory of Love” (Bloomsbury); Emma Henderson’s “Grace Williams Says It Loud” (Sceptre); Nicole Krauss’s “Great House” (Viking); Tea Obreht’s “The Tiger’s Wife” (Weidenfeld & Nicolson); and Kathleen Winter’s “Annabel” (Cape).

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in the Royal Festival Hall at London’s Southbank Centre on June 8.

Previous winners have included Barbara Kingsolver for “The Lacuna,” Marilynne Robinson for “Home” and Rose Tremain for “The Road Home.”

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