They have just officially announced the 2018 Man Booker Prize longlist! This prize holds a special place in my heart, even if I often find it very frustrating. This year, though . . . well, this is a particularly exciting longlist! It reminds me of the sense of discovery and hope I’ve felt in the Booker’s strongest years. I’m also very glad to see that, though American authors have won the award the last two years, there are only three on this longlist (which isn’t to say that the list is particularly globally diverse this year — it isn’t).

I’m excited to see how these books rate in our collective consciousness! I have read none of them to date, though there are a few I have on my side-table. There are several more I’m looking into for the first ever today, and that’s so exciting!

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by Belinda Bauer
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Everything Under
by Daisy Johnson
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Washington Black
by Esi Edugyan
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From a Low and Quiet Sea
by Donal Ryan
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In Our Mad and Furious City
by Guy Gunaratne
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by Michael Ondaatje
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The Long Take
by Robin Robertson
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The Overstory
by Richard Powers
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by Anna Burns
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Normal People
by Sally Rooney
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The Water Cure
by Sophie Mackintosh
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by Nick Drnaso
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The Mars Room
by Rachel Kushner
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