It’s here! (The below are affiliate links – if you order any of these from this post I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.)
- Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
- Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
- Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
- Dominicana by Angie Cruz
- Actress by Anne Enright
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
- Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie
- A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
- How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
- The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
- The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
- Girl by Edna O’ Brien
- Hamnet by Maggie O’ Farrell
- Weather by Jenny Offill
- The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
- Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
Some quick stats:
6 UK authors/6 US authors/1 Singapore/1 India/2 Ireland
7 authors of color/9 white authors
I got 4 predictions correct
At the time the longlist was announced I had only read… 1/4 of one book! A record low for me.
So, initial thoughts were that I was a little disappointed at all the heavy hitters on the list: I do love a good debut-heavy longlist. That said, I’m getting more excited to read it and I cannot wait to discuss the list with you guys in the upcoming months.
I have the following out from the library:
Weather: I’m halfway through this and so far I’m enjoying it but it’s not exactly knocking my socks off like it has done for so many other readers. Full thoughts to come hopefully in a few days.
Dominicana: I started this last night and I’m not at all crazy about the writing style, but I’m also only 20% in.
Girl: I’m a little wary of this one but also a little excited? Will start soon.
How We Disappeared: Possibly my biggest unpopular literary opinion is that I don’t mind a good WWII novel every now and then, so I have high hopes for this!
I have the following on hold:
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line: This does not seem like my kind of book, but I’ve also heard it’s good and a quick read, so I’m fine with giving it a go.
Fleishman is in Trouble: Ugh. This is the one I’m most annoyed about. I have not heard good things and this does not seem like something I will enjoy at all.
Queenie: Ooh, yes! Nearly made my predictions list. I’m excited.
Actress: Never read Anne Enright but I’m really excited for this!
Girl, Woman, Other: FINALLY a concrete excuse to read this. It’s such a shame that I haven’t made time for it before now.
The Most Fun We Ever Had: I must have read this summary four or five times and it has never made any impression on me. It’s also very long. We’ll see how this goes.
Hamnet: Very very very excited to read this.
The Dutch House: Meh? I’ve not had the best history with Ann Patchett – I DNF’d Bel Canto and I 3 starred Commonwealth. I do like the sound of this one though so hopefully it works for me.
Red At the Bone: Another meh. I’ve only read one Woodson and it did absolutely nothing for me.
I ordered the following:
A Thousand Ships: I’d been holding out for a US publisher for over a year, but fuck it. I am SO excited for this book and so happy to finally read it.
Nightingale Point: Never heard of it, didn’t even read the summary, I just placed an order.
The Mirror & The Light: TBD. I’ve not read Wolf Hall so that complicates things for me. I’m going to save this one for last – if I don’t get around to it by the time the winner is announced, oh well; but who knows, maybe I’ll finish the longlist by early May and have ample time to devote to this trilogy. We’ll see!
Finally, I just wanted to talk about some snubs real quick:
The Fire Starters by Jan Carson: My favorite novel of 2019 never got the attention it deserved, and this was really its last chance to show up on a big literary prize list, so I’m a little heartbroken. Just – please read this.
The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy: This is a brilliant brilliant BRILLIANT book – I cannot state that enough. It almost definitely deserved a spot over some that made it onto the list.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood: ding dong the witch is dead
Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellman: Mixed feelings about this not showing up; in a way I’d kind of have liked the excuse to read it! But on the other hand, the length is pretty scary when it’s up next to 15 other books I’m also trying to read in a set period of time.
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What are your thoughts about the longlist? What are you happy/unhappy to see and what are you happy/unhappy to see snubbed? What are your reading plans? Comment with all things Women’s Prize!