the shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced! I was very excited for it (I mean, what else is going on in my life) and ended up guessing 3/6 books.
I am actually surprised that Burnt Sugar is not on the list, it seems to me like such a quintessential Women’s Prize pick. I am also quite sad not to see Detransition, Baby, because although it was not a perfect book and not my favorite read from the longlist, it was still brilliant in its own way and had so many important discussions that would have brought a breath of fresh air to the shortlist. Still, I am excited to see Piranesi there and relieved that, despite snubbing Detransition, Baby, at least The Golden Rule did not get shortlisted either.
I can also see the appeal of Unsettled Ground, although it did not work so well for me, I am sure it will work for a lot of readers, and it does make important points about poverty in the UK, so I am not too mad about it. I am however a bit baffled that No One Is Talking About This is on the list, as this book did not leave a very strong impression nor did I feel like it did something New (and to choose this one over Detransition, Baby is very confusing to me).
Very excited to see Transcendent Kingdom, Piranesi and The Vanishing Half there!
I am happy though that I’ve read 5 out of the 6 books and seeing How The One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House there gives me further encouragement to finally pick this book up! Despite it being described as rather bleak, it has been on my radar for a while and I nearly bought a copy when the longlist was announced. So now I have a great excuse to bump it up on my TBR and get a copy. I am quite confident I can read it until the winner is announced in July!
All in all, I think the list is not entirely brilliant but it’s not bad and I’m not mad about it. Very excited to see who wins the prize and to pick up the only book I haven’t read yet!
My other blog posts about this years’ prize:
Reaction Post: Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021 Longlist (I Did Kind Of Jinx It)
Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021 Longlist Prediction (Or: Jinxing the Whole Thing)
Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist Prediction