Women's Prize for Fiction 2018, the Long List
After a noticeable lack of recognition for female authors by the Man Booker Prize and similar literary honors in the early 90's, a group of publishers, authors, and journalists came together to raise funds for a prize that would "celebrate women's creativity." The Women's Prize for Fiction gave its first award (to Helen Dunmore) in 1996. Throughout its 20+ years, the Prize has honored women writers all over the globe, like Chimamanda N’goze Adichi, Ann Patchett, and Zadie Smith. I’m currently reading last year’s winner, The Power by Naomi Alderman. So far, they picked a real goodie.
The WPF just published their “long list” of contenders for this year’s award. I always judge a book by its cover and there’s some true beauties in the mix. The winner will be announced in June, so we’ve got 3 measly months to cram some of them into our ever-growing to-read list, mom.
H(A)PPY by Nicola Barker
The Idiot by Elif Batuman
Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
Sight by Jessie Greengrass
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy
Elmet by Fiona Mozley
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (a personal fave!)
Have you read any? Which one tops YOUR list?