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Women's Prize for Fiction: The Longlist

Happy International Women's Day! Every year, the Women's Prize Trust, based in the UK, awards the Women's Prize for Fiction to an outstanding novel by an author identifying as a woman. In addition to the award-winning book, sixteen novels are longlisted earlier in the season, allowing readers to discover many fantastic authors and titles. The longlist was announced this morning to coincide with International Women's Day. Oftentimes, the books receive glowing attention across the globe before gaining full popularity here, so some may as yet unheard of, while others may be on our radar. Either way, it's a bounty of fiction to explore! The longlist will be whittled down to a shortlist of six on April 27th by a panel of judges, with the winner announced on June 15th.

The longlist was announced just this morning, and you can check it out below, with links to see a bit more about each and request the books from our catalog. Afterward, explore a list of the 26 winning novels that make up the award's exciting history of wonderful novels. For those books that don't come with a link... they haven't quite made it to our shores with full gusto yet, but keep an eye out! These novels are often ones to watch for. After you're done perusing, you can also watch a video of this morning's longlist announcement below.

Onward to happy discoveries! Stayed tuned to Book Talk by the Sea throughout Women's History Month for a poetry by women and a varied reading list of books by and about women.

The 2022 Longlist

Build Your House Around My Body Violet Kupersmith

Careless, Kirsty Capes

Creatures of Passage, Morowa Yejidé

Flamingo, Rachel Elliott

Great Circle, Maggie Shipstead

Remote Sympathy, Catherine Chidgey

Salt Lick, Lulu Allison

Sorrow and Bliss, Meg Mason

The Book of Form and Emptiness, Ruth Ozeki

The Bread the Devil Knead, Lisa Allen-Agostini

The Exhibitionist, Charlotte Mendelson

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, Dawnie Walton

The Island of Missing Trees, Elif Shafak

The Paper Palace, Miranda Cowley Heller

The Sentence, Louise Erdrich

This One Sky Day, Leone Ross

Past Winners

A Spell of Winter, Helen Dunmore

Fugitive Pieces, Anne Michaels

Larry's Party, Carol Shields

A Crime in the Neighborhood, Suzanne Berne

When I Lived in Modern Times, Linda Grant

The Idea of Perfection, Kate Grenville

Bel Canto, Ann Patchett

Property, Valerie Martin

Small Island, Andrea Levy

We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver

On Beauty, Zadie Smith

Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Road Home, Rose Tremain

Home, Marilynne Robinson

The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver

The Tiger's Wife, Téa Obreht

The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller

May We Be Forgiven, A.M. Homes

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, Eimear McBride

How to Be Both, Ali Smith

The Glorious Heresies, Lisa McInerney

The Power, Naomi Alderman

Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie

An American Marriage, Tayari Jones

Hamnet, Maggie O'Farrell

Piranesi, Susanna Clarke

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