2020 Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist
Sixteen novels have been selected for 2020's Women's Prize for Fiction. This is the 25th year for the prize following the realization the only 10 percent of nominees in the history of the Booker Prize were women although more books written by women were published.
This year the nominees include three authors who are no strangers to the award. This is the fourth nomination for Ann Patchett who won in 2002 for Bel Canto. It is also the fourth nomination for Hilary Mantel although she has never won the prize. The Mirror and the Light, the final book in Mantel's trilogy about Thomas Cromwell is in the running; both of the previous books in the trilogy were also nominated. Anne Enright has been nominated for the third time for Actress.
Debut novels by Deepa Anappara, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Candice Carty-Williams, Luan Goldie,Jing-Jing Lee and Claire Lombardo are also nominated.
Actress by Anne Enright
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
Dominicana by Angie Cruz
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Girl by Edna O'Brien
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
- Scheduled Canadian publication date: May 5, 2020 under the title Hamnet and Judith (not yet available at Toronto Public Library)
How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
- A Thousand Ships is not currently available in Canada
Weather by Jenny Offill
The shortlist will be revealed on April 22, 2020 and the winner will be announced on June 3, 2020.