The 2013 nominees for the prestigious Man Booker Prize have been announced. The MBP is awarded each year for the best original full-length novel, written in the English language, by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, or Zimbabwe. This year’s nominees are a particularly diverse group. Of the 13 nominees, seven are women. They hail from countries as far-flung as New Zealand (Eleanor Catton), Canada (Ruth Ozeki), Zimbabwe (NoViolet Bulawayo), and Malaysia (Tash Aw). The other authors are from the UK and Ireland. (American writers are not eligible.) Surprisingly, there are no nominees this year from Australia or India (Lahiri was born in the UK to Indian parents and raised in the US). Three are debut novelists (NoViolet Bulawayo, Eve Harris, and Donal Ryan).
Lahiri’s new novel, The Lowlands, will not be published in the US on September 24. My review of the book will be posted in early September.Five Star Billionaire Tash Aw (Fourth Estate) We Need New Names NoViolet Bulawayo (Chatto & Windus) The Luminaries Eleanor Catton (Granta) Harvest Jim Crace (Picador) The Marrying of Chani Kaufman Eve Harris (Sandstone Press) The Kills Richard House (Picador) The Lowland Jhumpa Lahiri (Bloomsbury) Unexploded Alison MacLeod ( Hamish Hamilton) TransAtlantic Colum McCann (Bloomsbury) Almost English Charlotte Mendelson (Mantle) A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki (Canongate) The Spinning Heart Donal Ryan (Doubleday Ireland) The Testament of Mary Colm Tóibín (Viking)