It is really all Simon's fault. Or to his credit depending on your perspective. He gets things "bubbling" on Twitter, and before you know it, five smart busy women have committed to reading (or their best attempt at reading) the 13 titles longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In a little over six weeks. And releasing their own short list the day before the official judges release theirs in September. With Simon's love and support. It started like this:
An innocent enough question that prompts some interest and then some planning and then some waffling and in the blink of an eye, me and four other American women are now engaged in the playfully named endeavor of this post title. Not just any women of course. Smart women up for a ridiculous bit of fun like this. A challenge that made Thomas reply to my invitation this morning with, "My caps lock cannot make the following big enough: LOL! HELL NO."
- 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
Informal and fun. Each of us going in whatever order suits, and posting as we go. We would love to have you join in with us as time and inclination permits. Wish us well!