I am still following the progress of the Women’s Prize for fiction. I have had some tasters to a few longlisted novels: Almost English, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, Eleven Days; I only finished Almost English by Charlotte Mendelsson and I like it but there is no love, unfortunately.
The shortlist has been announced last Monday evening and they are:
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Hannah Kent – Burial Rites
- Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland
- Audrey Magee – The Undertaking
- Eimear McBride – A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing
- Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch
I read Americanah and love it. I finished Burial Rites today and I love it too, it is so engaging and haunting! I tried to start A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing tonight and I thought the language used was too creative and bizarre for me to truly appreciate what it is trying to say, so I am going to give it up and I will fell off my chair if it becomes the winner…. 😉
So there are three books on the shortlist left which I haven’t read, two are written by heavyweight writers. Jhumpa Lahiri is one of my favourite author but I heard Lowland doesn’t quite live up to the expectation, still I think I would read anything she has written. Donna Tartt, ahhh….. how can I forget the tragic The Secret History? For someone who only publish once every decade, I am keen to read Donna Tartt’s third novel.
The winner will be announced at an award ceremony to be held in The Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall on 4 June 2014.
What do you think about the shortlist? Have you read any of them? Would you like to?