The Man Booker Prize, given annually to a novel published in Great Britain or the countries of its Commonwealth, Ireland, or Zimbabwe, is one of literature's most significant awards. The winner receives 50,000 English pounds.
Here's this year's long list, selected from 151 titles. Highlighted stories lead to Star Tribune reviews:
Tash Aw, "Five Star Billionare"
NoViolet Bulawayo, "We Need New Names"
Eleanor Catton, "The Luminaries"
Eve Harris, "The Marrying of Chani Kaufman"
Richard House, "The Kills"
Jhumpa Lahiri, "The Lowland"
Alison MacLeod, "Unexploded"
Charlotte Mendelson, "Almost English"
Ruth Ozeki, "A Tale for the Time Being"
Donal Ryan, "The Spinning Heart"
Not all of the titles have been published in the United States (Lahiri's book, for instance, will be published this fall--and she's coming to town, so mark your calendar).
The short list will be announced Sept 10 with the winner announced Oct 15.