This year marks only the second time that the Man Booker International Prize has been open to writers of any nationality, but the United States appears to making its mark.
Five writers from the U.S. and one from Jamaica made the longlist for the prestigious literary honor, which was once only open to authors from the UK & Commonwealth, Ireland and Zimbabwe. Winning the prize can be quite a sales boost: Last year’s winner, Australian novelist Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North, has sold 300,000 copies in the UK and almost 800,000 worldwide, according to http://www.themanbookerprize.com/.
The shortlist of six books will be announced Sept. 15, with the winner announced Oct. 13.
Here’s the longlist:
Bill Clegg (U.S.), Did You Ever Have a Family
Anne Enright (Ireland), The Green Road
Marlon James (Jamaica), A Brief History of Seven Killings
Laila Lalami (U.S.), The Moor’s Account
Tom McCarthy (UK), Satin Island
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria), The Fishermen
Andrew O’Hagan (UK), The Illuminations
Marilynne Robinson (U.S.), Lila
Anuradha Roy (India), Sleeping on Jupiter
Sunjeev Sahota (UK), The Year of the Runaways
Anna Smaill (New Zealand), The Chimes
Anne Tyler (U.S.), A Spool of Blue Thread
Hanya Yanagihara (U.S.), A Little Life