Gisteren is de shortlist voor de Women’s Prize for Fiction bekendgemaakt. Genomineerd zijn:

Elif Batuman – The Idiot
Imogen Hermes Gowar – The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
Jessie Greengrass – Sight
Meena Kandasamy – When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife
Kamila Shamsie Home Fire
Jesmyn Ward – Sing, Unburied, Sing

Juryvorzitter Sarah Sands:

The shortlist was chosen without fear or favour. We lost some big names, with regret, but narrowed down the list to the books which spoke most directly and truthfully to the judges,[…] The themes of the shortlist have both contemporary and lasting resonance encompassing the birth of the internet, race, sexual violence, grief, oh and mermaids. Some of the authors are young, half by Brits and all are blazingly good and brave writers.

6 juni volgt de bekendmaking van de winnaar.