This morning this years Booker Prize shortlist was announced. Six books have advanced from the thirteen on the longlist (for the longlist, see here).
With Rushdie and Atwood making the shortlist, I suddenly feel like I’m back twenty years in the past, and that’s not a bad thing. Back then I loved the Booker Prize and looked forward to going out and reading as much of the shortlist as I could. I don’t necessarily hear great things about Rushdie’s latest, and we haven’t heard much of anything about Atwood’s since it is still under embargo, so I will just assume those are not even the strongest books on the shortlist.
There’s already a lot of discussion about the shortlist over at the Goodreads group, so feel free to go join in here. The links below are for the U.S. editions at Amazon; several are not published yet, but each (how refreshing) have a publication date.