Here's the short list for this year's Orange Prize.The Orange Prize honors female writers of any nationality for the best full-length novel written in English:
The Very Thought of You, Rosie Alison
The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver
Black Water Rising, Attica Locke
Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel (it's already won the National Book Critic Circle Award and Man Booker Prize)
A Gate at the Stairs, Lorrie Moore
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle, Monique Roffey
Marilynne Robinson's Home, her sequel of sorts to her wonderful novel Gilead, was last year's winner.
I've read Gilead, and I've bought Home but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. But summer's coming! I think I may use this list as a guide for upcoming audiobooks, if the novels are available in that format.