Marlon James' "A Brief History of Seven Killings," his epic novel of Jamaica, has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. This is the second year that American writers have been eligible for the prestigious award, which originally was restricted to writers in the British Commonwealth.

James lives in the Twin Cities and teaches at Macalester College in St. Paul.

Of 156 nominees, a longlist of 13 titles was chosen. The books (with links to Star Tribune reviews, when available) are:

Bill Clegg (US) - Did You Ever Have a Family             

Anne Enright (Ireland) - The Green Road 

Marlon James (Jamaica) - A Brief History of Seven Killings 

Laila Lalami (US) - The Moor's Account 

Tom McCarthy (UK) - Satin Island 

Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) - The Fishermen 

Andrew O’Hagan (UK) - The Illuminations 

Marilynne Robinson (US) - Lila            

Anuradha Roy (India) - Sleeping on Jupiter 

Sunjeev Sahota (UK) - The Year of the Runaways 

Anna Smaill (New Zealand) - The Chimes 

Anne Tyler (US) - A Spool of Blue Thread 

Hanya Yanagihara (US) - A Little Life 

The short list will be announced Sept. 15 and the winner on Oct. 13. The prize is 50,000 British pounds.

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