4 Books I Hope Are Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction + 2 I Hope Aren’t

Hello readers!

The longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction comes out next week! There are a few great prediction posts out already: Hannah’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020: Longlist predictions and Emily’s Women’s Prize 2020: Longlist Predictions, Wishes are some really great reads that hyped me even more for the prize. Really worth a read!

There are lots of really great books are eligible this year, and there are some that I particularly would love to see in the longlist:

my dark vanessa kate elizabeth russel the man who saw everything deborah levy girl woman other bernardine evaristo

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell / eARC Review

This was a dark, challenging read that feels very timely. I think it would be a great addition to the list!

The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy / Mini-Review

Oh, this was GREAT. Although I have reservations about a story about a man making it to the list, I think it’s a really good book and it deserves recognition! It’s basically as unreliable as a narrator gets.

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo / eARC Review

I think this is a very obvious choice for the longlist, but it would be very deserved. This book is so interesting and I LOVE that each character got their own story told, and you can see how easily a person gets misunderstood and misrepresented by someone else. Such a great book.

There’s also a one book I haven’t read yet but I hope it will make it to the longlist so I have a great excuse to pick it up:

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Frankissstein: A Love Story, by Jeanette Winterson

This just sounds amazing and I’ve heard really great things about it. I only know Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body, and it was life-changing for me, so I really look forward to reading this and would love an excuse to pick it up earlier.

Finally, a slightly more controversial take, but there are a couple books I hope don’t really make it to the longlist, because I really don’t want to pick them up!

The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood: I am sure this will be wonderfully written, but I’m just not interested on reading this at all. Before the whole Booker Prize fiasco, I was already not too inclined to read it (I didn’t want another Go Set a Watchman episode), but, after the Booker Prize, my interest went down even more, and I think this book might just be a money-grab (nothing wrong with that) and not quite something I would enjoy. If this makes it to the longlist, I’m considering skipping it.

Such a Fun Age, by Kiley Reid: This could be something like a Celeste Ng kind of book, in which case I’m all for it – I love domestic dramas & mysteries that turn into social commentary. However, I’ve heard this is a rather superficial, light read, and somehow I don’t see how the story would work for me. I ended up just deeply uninterested in this one and would be quite a chore to pick it up.

I am excited to see the list and discover new books I didn’t consider picking up before – last year I had some really positive surprises I would not have read otherwise, and I look forward to following the prize this year, too! I’m curious to see whether Ducks, Newburyport will make it. I’d also love to see a thriller being thrown in for good measure.

18 thoughts on “4 Books I Hope Are Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction + 2 I Hope Aren’t

  1. Great post, and thanks for the mention! 🙂
    I really want to read My Dark Vanessa so I’d be happy with it making the longlist! It seems thematically similar to Trust Exercise so I didn’t include it on my prediction list, but I am very much looking forward to reading it whether it does or doesn’t make the cut. And I can see what you mean about Such a Fun Age. It sounds like it would be a hit or miss book for me, so it’s not a title I’d be excited to see on the longlist either. I might pick it up eventually and hope for the best, but I’m in no hurry to check it out.
    Not much longer to wait!

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      • I think you would appreciate Trust Exercise, especially if you liked the themes of My Dark Vanessa and the structure of The Man Who Saw Everything- Trust Exercise also has a neat structural twist in the middle!

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        • Hmmmm that’s great endorsement! I’m way more interested in Trust Exercise now. I’ll see how I feel after the WP list comes out though – I’m trying not be get overwhelmed by my TBR, and I’m being quite picky lately. But it does sound really good!

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  2. I agree so much of this!!! (especially not wanting The Testaments to make the list lololol). I didn’t care for Frankissstein so much – I just couldn’t get into the story for some reason – but I’m the “unpopular opinion” there. I hope you get to read it and that you enjoy it!

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    • I was a bit undecided about Frankissstein as well, it’s not even officially on my TBR – I think I need an extra push to read it, and the WP longlist would definitely help. Are you reading the entire list this year?

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      • I understand completely! Some of the books from last year’s WP longlist were like that for me – I probably wouldn’t have read Lost Children Archive on my own but it ended up being one of my favorite books! And yes! My goal is to read the entire list, but I don’t know if I can finish everything before the winner is announced haha

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  3. I haven’t read Such a Fun Age but I agree with your assessment – everything I hear about it makes me feel like it’s too superficial a book to warrant a nomination. Though perhaps I will read it and be proven wrong! Personally, my pick is Ducks, Newburyport but simply because I’m currently reading it and really enjoying it.

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    • Ducks was so good!! I narrowed down my favorite books in a “top 3” and Ducks didn’t quite make it, but it would totally be on my list if I’d done a more extensive list. I’m so glad you read it, it deserves more hype!

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  6. Omg I agree with ALL OF THESE. Actually I don’t think I’d mind if Such A Fun Age were longlisted because it seems like a very quick read and my manager has been bugging me to read it anyway, but the rest, yes. Please god no Testaments. And I would KILL for the Levy to be longlisted!

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