Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist Predictions

bessieEvery year I watch my sister eagerly await the Oscar nominated films while I look on blankly (because I only watch maybe 5 films a year not based on comic books).  [Side note:  Deadpool is really good fun.]  She and I share the same love of awards, we just direct our love to different awards.  Mine is quite obviously directed toward literary awards, and my favourite award of all is the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.  The award “celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world” and very often introduces me to new and exciting writers.

The 20-book longlist will be announced tomorrow, but I thought it would be fun to try and predict the longlisted titles today.  Here’s what I’ve come up with (in no particular order):

  1.  Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  2. Martin John by Anakana Schofield
  3. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  4. The Green Road by Anne Enright
  5. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  6. The Past by Tessa Hadley
  7. Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt
  8. The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie
  9. Girl at War by Sara Novic
  10. Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
  11. The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall
  12. In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
  13. Exposure by Helen Dunmore
  14. The Kindness of Enemies by Leila Aboulela
  15. Gold Fame Citrus by Clare Vaye Watkins
  16. The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah
  17. Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
  18. Pillars of Light by Jane Johnson
  19. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
  20. Under the Visible Life by Kim Echlin

Tomorrow we’ll see how good I am at this.  I’m very interested in hearing any predictions you might have.  Sound off in the comments below.




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