... a book of breathtaking scale and shattering moments of poignancyThe award ceremony invariably stirs up the debate about whether there should be a literary prize exclusively for women, and another of this year's judges, Michele Roberts in The Independent, does a valiant job of defending this space.
I don't understand how any good art could fail to be political ... Good fiction creates empathy. A novel takes you somewhere and asks you to look through the eyes of another person, to live another life. Literature sucks you into another psyche. So the creation of empathy necessarily influences how you'll behave to other people. How can that not affect you politically? ... (It is) powerful craft; there's alchemy. So we have an obligation to take it seriously – and I do. Perhaps that's why I'm marked. I'm not pretending to be ingenuous; I know what I'm doing.Kingsolver talks about her life in writing to Maya Jaggi in The Guardian.