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Naomi Alderman wins the 2017 Baileys Prize

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jun 08, 2017 at 5:00pm

British author Naomi Alderman has won the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for her novel, The Power.

The Power is described as dystopian and feminist science fiction. It is a speculative tale that begins in a world that is very much like our own... until a vital new force takes root. Teenage girls develop immense power: the ability to cause pain and even death with as little as a touch — which causes a dramatic reset of society. It is an ambitious and thrilling story, touching on many major concerns of our time: censorship, religion, and of course gender politics.

This is the first time the prize has been awarded for a science fiction title, and the second time Alderman has won the women's prize  the first instance was in 2006, when the award was known as the Orange Prize, for her debut novel, Disobedience.

Congratulations, Ms. Alderman! You can read more about her win and the prize on the Baileys Women's Prize website.

Please note: The Power is, unfortunately, currently only available in the UK. A North American edition is scheduled for a Fall 2017 release. Please contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to arrange for a no-charge pre-order.

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WINNER OF THE 2017 BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power? In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets. From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, THE POWER is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.