Bernardine Evaristo, Hilary Mantel and Taffy Brodesser-Akner on 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction longlist
The award celebrates fiction by women from around the world
British writers Bernardine Evaristo, Hilary Mantel and American journalist Taffy Brodesser-Akner are among the 16 authors longlisted for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction.
The £30,000 (approx. $51,335 Cdn) prize recognizes the year's best novel written by a woman in English.
This year's longlist includes new and well-established writers and a range of genres.
Evaristo's novel Girl, Woman, Other tells the interconnected stories of 12 characters, many of whom are black British women.
Each chapter is dedicated to one character and the set of issues and choices they face in their lives.
Girl, Woman, Other is the first book by a black British woman to win in the award's more than 50-year history.
Mantel's historical novel The Mirror and the Light, the final instalment in her Thomas Cromwell trilogy chronicling the life of the minister in the court of King Henry VIII, will be available in Canada on March 4, 2020.
Brodesser-Akner's debut Fleishman is in Trouble is about a middle-aged New York doctor who just ended his 14-year marriage in a bitter divorce.
He must deal with the fallout and the possibility he never really understood the story of his own marriage.
There are no Canadians on the longlist this year.
American author Ann Patchett is nominated for The Dutch House. Patchett's eighth novel is the story of real estate magnate Cyril Conroy and his children, Danny and Maeve, who find themselves exiled from the family by their stepmother and thrust suddenly into poverty.
Irish author Edna O' Brien is nominated for her 19th novel Girl, which tells the story of a young woman in the countryside of northeast Nigeria who is abducted by Boko Haram.
The other books on the longlist are:
- Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
- Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
- Dominicana by Angie Cruz
- Actress by Anne Enright
- 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
- 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
The 2020 longlist was selected by a panel of five judges. It is chaired by Martha Lane Fox and made up of writer and activist Scarlett Curtis, writer and activist, Melanie Eusebe, co-founder of the Black British Business Awards, author and comedian Viv Groskop and international bestselling author Paula Hawkins.
The shortlist of six novels will be revealed on April 22, 2020, followed by the announcement of the winner on June 3, 2020.
American novelist Tayari Jones won the 2019 award for An American Marriage. Other past winners include Kamila Shamsie, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zadie Smith.
Canadians who have won the award include Toronto's Anne Michaels (for her 1996 novel Fugitive Pieces) and Winnipeg's Carol Shields (for her 1997 novel Larry's Party).