Across the pond in foggy London town the longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction has just been announced. This year’s list of nominees is particularly star-studded, and includes such luminaries as Edna O’Brien, Jenny Offil, Bernardine Evaristo, Jacqueline Woodson, and Hilary Mantel.
Considered to be one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards, the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Orange Prize), is presented annually to a female author of any nationality for the best original full-length novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom in the preceding year. The victorious writer receives a cool £30,000, along with a handsome bronze sculpture known as the Bessie. Previous winners include Zadie Smith, Marilynne Robinson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Téa Obreht, Ann Patchett, and Barbara Kingsolver.
Here are the sixteen titles nominated for this year’s award:
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Dominicana by Angie Cruz
Actress by Anne Enright
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
Girl by Edna O’ Brien
Hamnet by Maggie O’ Farrell
Weather by Jenny Offill
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
A shortlist of six will be announced on April 22nd, with the overall winner being revealed on June 3rd.