Frances, Meredith, Nicole, Rebecca, and I have put our heads together and come up with a shared shortlist for the Man Booker Prize. I think it’s safe to say that few of us were particularly pleased with the longlist. Most of us struggled to come up with six books we really wanted to include. But we had different favorites, and I believe all of those favorites are represented here.
In alphabetical order:
- All That Man Is by David Szalay
- Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
- My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
- The Many by Wyl Menmuir
- The North Water by Ian McGuire
- The Sellout by Paul Beatty
As you can see, this doesn’t match my personal list, but that’s okay. In fact, it’s pretty great because it shows how subjective and complex the whole exercise of choosing a prize list is. Everyone has different ideas of what makes a book great and how well a particular book achieves those criteria. It’s fun to hash that out with other smart readers.