Thanks to Trevor at the Mookse and the Gripes for the news that the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist has been announced. It’s nice to see that Australians Carrie Tiffany and M. L. Stedman have been nominated, along with Kiwi Emily Perkins.
I’ve only read three of these so maybe I shouldn’t comment, but having read the blurbs, I don’t find there’s much here to tempt me as a reader of literary fiction, beyond what I’ve already read or is on my TBR. A lot of it looks lightweight, and I’m disappointed to see that there seems to be nothing from Africa or India. So I’ll be looking for reviews from people I trust before I chase up any of these.
Links are to the Book Depository where you too can read the blurb, and see what you think …
A Trick I Learned from a Dead Man, by Kitty Aldridge
Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson
The Marlowe Papers, by Ros Barber (A verse novel)
The People of Forever Are Not Afraid, by Shani Boianjiu (This one sounds really interesting).
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (Too much hype about this one, IMO.)
How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
May We Be Forgiven, by A.M. Homes
Flight Behaviour, by Barbara Kingsolver
The Red Book, by Deborah Copaken Kogan
Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel (on my TBR)
Lamb, by Bonnie Nadzam
The Forrests, by Emily Perkins
Ignorance, by Michèle Roberts
The Innocents, by Francesca Segal
Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Honour, by Elif Shafak (on my TBR, it was longlisted for the Man Asian)
NW, by Zadie Smith (see my review)
The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman (see my review)
Mateship with Birds, by Carrie Tiffany (see my review)
Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson