Thursday, October 8, 2015

2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Shortlist

Among the many prestigious literary awards is the Man Book Prize for Fiction. The Man Booker Prize, formerly known as the Booker-McConnell Prize, began in 1968. The prize recognizes the best novel of the year, written in English, and published in the U.K. When it began, only Commonwealth, Irish, and Zimbabwean citizens were eligible to win the prize. In 2013, the eligibility changed to any book in the English language. Winners of the prize, even nominees, tend to rocket toward literary stardom. For this reason, it is a highly sought after literary prize. Some even think it is the most important for an authorial career.

On October 13th, the new Man Book Prize winner will be announced. This year’s nominees are powerhouses of literary ambition and talent, per usual. One of the best places to look for additions to your to-be-read pile is on the long and short lists of nominees for virtually any literary prize. For your reading pleasure, here is the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015 Short List:

Marlon created a fictionalized account of an assassination attempt on Bob Marley in the midst of political turmoil in Jamaica. Described as “delightfully profane” and “a wild ride.”

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life is a depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance.

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

A Spool of Blue Thread tells a poignant yet unsentimental story in praise of family in all its emotional complexity. 

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy

An unnerving novel that promises to give us the first and last word on the world--modern, postmodern, whatever world you think you are living in.

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma

Through the story of a family, Obioma creates a personal story that mirrors the larger social and political tensions in Africa

The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

An unlikely family created from a group of 13 men in flight from India.

For more information about the Man Book Prize for Fiction, including the announcement of the winner on October 13th, please visit Happy reading!

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