This morning the Giller Prize longlist was announced, and the Shadow Giller Jury is, once again, ready!
Here are the books.
- Y, by Celona Marjorie
- Our Daily Bread, by Lauren Davis
- My Life Among the Apes, by Cary Fagan
- 419, Will Ferguson
- Dr. Brinkley’s Tower, by Robert Hough
- One Good Hustle, by Billie Livingston
- The Sweet Girl, by Annabel Lyon
- Inside, by Alix Ohlin
- Everybody Has Everything, by Katrina Onstad
- The Emperor of Paris, by CS Richardson
- The Imposter Bride, by Nancy Richler
- Ru, by Kim Thúy
- Whirl Away, by Russell Wangersky
The shortlist will be annoucned on October 1.
There are 13 titles, in contrast to the 17 last year. I’m a bit sad that there are only — I think — two collections of short stories, My Life Among the Apes and Whirl Away. Still, I’m excited about the list which we on the Shadow Giller will be reviewing and discussion. I am excited to see Annabel Lyon on the longlist for The Sweet Girl, a kind of follow-up to The Golden Mean, which I placed second the year it was a finalist for the Giller (my review of The Golden Mean here).
For those of you unfamiliar with the Shadow Giller, let me point to the write up by KevinfromCanada, our chair, here. It’s my fourth year, and the process and the books have become a highlight of my reading year. All four of us are back: Kevin, Alison Gzowski, and Kimbofo (who blogs here at Reading Matters).
Kevin will be keeping track of our reviews and has already posted his own reviews of three of the books. Also, check out his thoughts on the longlist here.
Not many of these look that appealing to be honest – although Alix Ohlin’s book does look particularly interesting. Look forward to the appraisals.