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Shortlist is Chosen for the Man Booker Prize

 

artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com – Christopher D. Shea

LONDON — The Man Booker Prize announced its shortlist on Tuesday, winnowing the field of candidates for the prestigious book award from 13 down to six.

The shortlist, which was announced at a news conference on Tuesday morning, includes the American author Anne Tyler’s “A Spool of Blue Thread,” which follows several generations in the Whitshank family; the American author Hanya Yanagihara’s “A Little Life,” about a group of college friends living in New York, one of whom harbors a dark secret; the Jamaican author Marlon James’s “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” which takes its inspiration from the 1976 attempted assassination of Bob Marley; the British author Tom McCarthy’s “Satin Island,” about an anthropologist shilling his wares in the corporate world; the British author Sunjeev Sahota’s “The Year of the Runaways,” about a group of Indian immigrants living together in bleak circumstances in England; and the Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma’s debut novel, “The Fishermen,” about four brothers whose lives are changed after an encounter with a prophet.

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