Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart is 2020 Booker Prize Winner

November 19, 2020 | Book Buzz

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This year's winner of the prestigious Booker Prize is Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, a novel about a child growing up in poverty in Glasgow during the Thatcher era. Shuggie is the youngest child in the Bain family and the reader witnesses his mother Agnes' descent into alcoholism, accompanied by her increasing vulnerability to predatory men, through his eyes.

It is the debut novel by Douglas Stuart who was born in Glasgow but has lived in New York City since 2000 where he works as a fashion designer. 

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

The other finalists for the prize were: 

Burnt Sugar : A Novel.

Burnt Sugar by Avi Doshi

A woman and her daughter contend with their changing roles as the mother ages and grows increasingly helpless.  

A New Wilderness.

The New Wilderness by Diane Cook

In her debut novel, Diane Cook writes about a woman and her daughter struggling to survive as life on planet Earth becomes less and less habitable. 

Real Life

Real Life by Brandon Taylor

A gay, Black biochemistry student at a mostly white Midwest college struggles with overt and subtle racism while trauma from his childhood in Alabama resurfaces. 

Shadow King

The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste

Set during Mussolini's 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, a young woman embarks on a daring plan to help fight against the much better equipped Italian soldiers. 

This Mournable Body

This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga

A woman in 1990s Zimbabwe with skills, ambition and determination is slowly crushed by the realization that no matter what she does, circumstances beyond her control will prevent her from achieving her goals. 



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