It is selection night – the night the Women’s Prize for Fiction announces its longlist of nominees – and my feminist , bookish heart beats with anticipation. Since its inception in 1996, I have read all of the Women’s Prize (erstwhile Orange Prize and Bailey’s Prize) winners, and for the past two years, I have read all of the longlist nominees as well. Reading these selected new works by uppity women has been an absolute delight and has introduced me to writers who have become some of my all time favorites, like Ali Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Carol Shields, and Kamila Shamsie.
Here are a few books I would like to see make the list of nominees for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction:
Here are links to my reviews of the works pictured above.
Winter – Ali Smith
Little Fires Everywhere- Celeste Ng
What We Lose -Zinzi Clemmons
Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
Hum if You Don’t Know the Words – Bianca Marais
In addition, there are a few books which have been squeaking and squawking at me from atop my TBR which I think may have a chance at appearing on the longlist:
At midnight GMT tonight, we will know for sure. Stay tuned!