2018 Man Booker Prize shortlist is finally out. Recognizing outstanding work by fiction writers, this year’s shortlist consists of 6 books. It includes:
Two of the novelists are Americans – Rachel Kushner and Richard Powers. Esi Edugyan is a Canadian while the remaining three (Anna Burns, Daisy Johnson, and Robin Robertson) are from the United Kingdom.
Milkman – Anna Burns
Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.
Washington Black – Esi Edugyan
Washington Black tells a story of friendship and betrayal, love and redemption, of a world, destroyed and made whole again–and asks the question, what is true freedom? It tells the tale of a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world.
Everything Under – Daisy Johnson
Daisy Johnson’s debut novel turns classical myth on its head and takes readers to a modern-day England unfamiliar to most. As daring as it is moving, Everything Under is a story of family and identity, of fate, language, love and belonging that leaves you unsettled and unstrung.
The Mars Room – Rachel Kushner
It’s 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility, deep in California’s Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed. Inside is a new reality which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision.
The Overstory – Richard Powers
This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe. A book for all readers who despair of humanity’s self-imposed separation from the rest of creation and who hope for the transformative, regenerating possibility of a homecoming.
The Long Take – Robin Robertson
Walker, a young Canadian recently demobilized after the war and active service in the Normandy landings and subsequent European operations. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and unable to face a return to his family home in rural Nova Scotia, he goes in search of freedom, change, anonymity, and repair
The winner of almost $66,000 will be announced on October 16.
P.S. The reviews are taken from the Goodreads website. They have been cut short to meet the 360 words requirement.
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