Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri and Irish novelist Colm Toibin are among six finalists for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction — a diverse shortlist that includes a strong American contingent, a first-time novelist, and a Buddhist priest.
Lahiri’s Indian-American family saga The Lowland and Toibin’s Bible-inspired The Testament of Mary are on the shortlist announced Tuesday for the 50,000-pound ($78,000) prize.
The other finalists are shantytown-set story We Need New Names by Zimbabwe’s NoViolet Bulawayo; gold rush tale The Luminaries by New Zealand-based Eleanor Catton; rural requiem Harvest by Britain’s Jim Crace; and Pacific-crossing story A Tale for the Time Being by Canada’s Ruth Ozeki.
The head of the judging panel, writer Robert Macfarlane, said the six novels were “world-spanning in their concerns, and ambitious in their techniques.”
“It is a shortlist that shows the English language novel to be a form of world literature. It crosses continents, joins countries and spans centuries,” he said.
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