I was so excited to see Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles announced as the winner of the 2012 Orange Prize earlier this evening. I haven't managed to read all of the shortlist but I've read the majority of it and also the majority of the longlist - Song of Achilles was by far the stand out book. It's a retelling of the Trojan war from the point of view of Patroclus, the close companion of Achilles, but it's also a beautiful love story that had me crying in the final chapters. I didn't expect to love this book but once I started it, I couldn't put it down.
You can read my review here.
I hope both Miller and Song of Achilles get all the attention they deserve as a result of winning the prize. If you've not read Song of Achilles yet, what are you waiting for?