The award honors fiction written by a woman and written in English. The longlist, announced yesterday, includes several BookPage favorites—including our current cover story, The Tiger's Wife. Here's the complete lists, with links to our reviews or features:
Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela
Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Pleasure Seekers by Tishani Doshi
Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna
The London Train by Tessa Hadley
Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson
The Seas by Samantha Hunt
The Birth of Love by Joanna Kavenna
Great House by Nicole Krauss
The Road to Wanting by Wendy Law-Yone
The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
Repeat it Today with Tears by Anne Peile
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin
The Swimmer by Roma Tearne
Annabel by Kathleen Winter
This is unusual for me, but I actually do not have a strong opinion on who I want to win. I thought Emma Donoghue should have won the Booker, so I would be thrilled with a victory for Room. But I'd also root for Nicole Krauss, Karen Russell, Aminatta Forna and several others on this list . . . sigh.
In this longlist of stand-outs, are you especially rooting for a particular author?
The shortlist will be announced on April 12, and the awards ceremony is June 8. Stay tuned for more news!