So my reaction to this morning’s fiction longlist was basically, “Huh.” Because I haven’t read a single book on this list and I’ve only heard of about half of them. I like to think I keep up with these things, but apparently not! Anyway, that is not a complaint. I’m interested to see how I feel once I’ve read them.
Without further ado, here’s the longlist:
- Dark at the Crossing, Elliot Ackerman
- The King Is Always Above the People: Stories, Daniel Alarcón
- Miss Burma, Charmaine Craig
- Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan
- The Leavers, Lisa Ko
- Pachinko, Min Jin Lee
- Her Body and Other Parties: Stories, Carmen Maria Machado
- A Kind of Freedom, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
- Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward
- Barren Island, Carol Zoref
I think this is a really intriguing list. Before this morning, only Manhattan Beach, The Leavers, and Sing, Unburied, Sing had been on my radar–I’d heard of a couple of the others but I wasn’t actively planning to read them.
I’m always excited to see short stories on lists like this, because I think they’re so often under appreciated. The list is geographically and culturally diverse, which is exciting to me. And 80% women! Overall, I’m looking forward to digging into this bunch of books.