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The Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist for 2020 has been declared and we cannot be more excited.
What is the Women’s Prize for Fiction?
The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most prestigious awards given to a woman novelist of any nationality whose novel was written in English and published in the UK in the preceding year. This award is celebrating 25 years in 2020.
Oh! Come On Now tell me about “The Shortlisted Books”
Here are the books that made to the shortlist:
Dominicana by Angie Cruz
When Ana Cancion gets a chance to move to America from the Dominican Republic, she cannot deny it even if it means marrying a man double her age. However, her American reality is no better and she lives miserably until her husband has to go to Dominican Republic and she finds a new freedom in America, the possibility of a new life. But what happens when her husband returns?
The winner of Booker 2019, this novel is a study of womanhood and identity through a group of interconnected Black British Women. The twelve women in this novel lead different lives and yet their lives all become a meditation on the ideas of race, womanhood, feminity and sexuality.
3. A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
A Thousand Ships is a retelling of the Trojan war from the perspective of its women. We get to see the story from the women’s points of view who are given voices here – from Penelope to Cassandra to Helen and many other lesser known characters all get a chance to tell their story and present the war in a new light.
This book is the third part in her trilogy about Thomas Cromwell. Here, Mantel brings the saga of Cromwell’s life and rule to a close and brings before her readers his final years as he climbs to power and as the wheels of fortune turn again. Written in a very poetic and literary style (like the other two), this is a fitting close to her series.
5. Weather by Jenny Offill
Weather has been described as “darkly funny and urgent” by NPR. Lizzie Benson has no idea what she is getting into when her mentor Silvia employs her to answer the mail Sylvia receives as a result of her famous podcast. And as Lizzie tries to answer the mails on topics from weather change to decline of the Western civilization and also balance her precarious personal life, how far can she go on?
Hamnet is the story of the death of famous playwright’s son Hamnet who dies aged eleven. But it is, more importantly, the story of Agnes and her marriage to the playwright (who remains unnamed), her bond with her children and her life after the tragedy strikes home.
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