Super excited today (in a book nerd way) because the longlist for the Man Booker Prize was announced. I didn’t try to make predictions because I felt like I am in no way qualified to do that, but I should have given it a shot because I already own 3 of the 13 books that made the cut, and considering that they were chosen from 156 books I think that’s pretty good, for an amateur.
5 of the 13 books were written by Americans, so I think those who were worried about letting Americans become eligible can give sigh of relief because we didn’t completely take over their award. 🙂
So here are the 13 books that are nominated:
Bill Clegg (US) – Did You Ever Have a Family
Anne Enright (Ireland) – The Green Road
Marlon James (Jamaica) – A Brief History of Seven Killings
Laila Lalami (US) – The Moor’s Account
Tom McCarthy (UK) – Satin Island
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) – The Fishermen
Andrew O’Hagan (UK) – The Illuminations
Marilynne Robinson (US) – Lila
Anuradha Roy (India) – Sleeping on Jupiter
Sunjeev Sahota (UK) – The Year of the Runaways
Anna Smaill (New Zealand) – The Chimes
Anne Tyler (US) – A Spool of Blue Thread
Hanya Yanagihara (US) – A Little Life
I already own A Little Life, The Fishermen, and A Spool of Blue Thread; the first two I knew I was going to read in the next two weeks, and now the third just got put on that list as well. I’ll also put The Green Road on my TBR, and maybe A Brief History of Seven Killings and A Moor’s Account (which was also a nominee for the Pulitzer).
Congratulations to all the authors!
Has anyone read any of these, or plan to?
P.S. today is my blog’s five-week-iversary! I forgot its one month birthday so this notice will have to substitue.
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