Here is the shortlist for the prestigious Orange Prize for fiction, which honors female writers of any nationality for the best full-length novel written in English:
The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver
Black Water Rising, Attica Locke
Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel (of course - it's already won the National Book Critic Circle Award and Man Booker Prize)
A Gate at the Stairs, Lorrie Moore (if you read this blog, you know I'd love this one to win)
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle, Monique Roffey
Last year's winner was Marilynne Robinson for Home, her sequel of sorts to the breathtaking Gilead.
A side note worth checking out: On his Open Page blog, Chauncey Mabe wonders if it's time to get rid of an award solely designated for female writers, simply because women make up most of the general reading public. Let him know what you think.