Things are a little busy in this part of my world currently, but I have just seen the announcement of the shortlist of the Baileys Women’s Prize and given the result, I don’t feel so bad about not having yet written reviews of two novels that were on the longlist, that I recently read.
They were Fatima Bhutto’s The Shadow of the Crescent Moon and Evie Wyld’s All the Birds, Singing. I am sorry to say that I did not enjoy either of them.
But on to the shortlist!
The six novels chosen are:
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – my review here
A story of love and reflections on race via a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home and on their return.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
10-year-old Theo steals a painting from an Amsterdam gallery after his mother dies.
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
Two Bengali brothers growing up in 1960s Calcutta.
Burial Rights by Hannah Kent
A woman is condemned to death in Iceland, inspired by true events.
A Girl is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
Experimental novel written in the second-person, “you” being the narrator’s fiercely loved, brain-damaged brother.
The Undertaking by Audrey Magee
A marriage marked by cruelty and violence, a husband who spends nights hurting Jewish children and comes home to a wife who never asks questions.
Very happy indeed to see Americanah on the list and although it is the only one I have read, I have been championing this title since it came out last year.
I will definitely be reading The Goldfinch, though probably not until August as I am saving it for my summer chunkster beach read and I am sure it be perfect for that. I think i will have to track down Burial Rites next, I have been talking about this Icelandic novel for too long without having read a page!
So which one of these appeals to you to read next?