If you love reading books, chances are you’ve heard of the Man Booker Prize. As a bit of background, it rewards “the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom.” The winner receives 52,500 pounds ($64,100 US) and a designer bound copy of their book.
This year’s longlist was just released, and it includes 13 exciting books—some you’ve likely read, others you’ve certainly heard of, and those you probably haven’t. That’s what makes year’s list is so good—it features books I’ve been excited about and other new ones for me to get excited about; it’s the perfect combination.
To catch you up to speed, here’s a quick rundown of all the books that have been longlisted this year, and a few fun facts about each.
*Stay tuned, because the shortlist, which narrows down to 6 books, will be announced on September 13 and the winner on October 17. In which case, we’ll keep you posted.
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4 3 2 1, Paul Auster
Synopsis: Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson’s life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Athletic skills and sex lives and friendships and intellectual passions contrast. Each Ferguson falls under the spell of the magnificent Amy Schneiderman, yet each Amy and each Ferguson have a relationship like no other. Meanwhile, readers will take in each Ferguson’s pleasures and ache from each Ferguson’s pains, as the mortal plot of each Ferguson’s life rushes on.