Constance Joly, winner of the 2021 Orange Book Prize

Photo : Roberto Frankenberg (c) Flammarion

For its 13th edition, the Orange Book Prize awarded Constance Joly for her novel Over the Rainbow, published by Flammarion.

Under the leadership of Jean-Christophe Rufin, writer and member of the Académie Française, the panel, made up of authors, booksellers, and passionate readers from the community, chose Constance Joly as the winner of the 2021 Orange Book Prize.

Among the 21 works selected by the panel in late March, five novels were shortlisted in mid-May and submitted to the public for voting on the website

The Orange Book Prize has been awarded since 2009 for a literary work in French, published between January 1st and March 31st of the current year. It is unique for the diversity of its voters: authors, booksellers and readers. The winner receives a prize of €15,000.

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Constance Joly has worked in publishing for twenty years and lives in the Paris region. Le matin est un tigre (Morning is a Tiger), her first novel (Flammarion, 2019), was very well received by critics and bookstores.

A few words about her book:
The narrator of story is her daughter, Constance. The father is Jacques, a young Italian teacher who loves opera, literature and antiques. After fleeing Nice in 1968 for the hustle and bustle of Paris, he found the strength to finally be himself and indulge his desire for men. He was among the first to die of AIDS in the early 1990s, and his daughter was one of the first children to live in part with a male couple.

Over the Rainbow is the novel of a distant but still feverish love, the love of a grown-up girl who grasps what she is made of: freedom, and being herself against all odds.

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