Booker Prize 2023: The Bee Sting and Western Lane make short list
Baku, September 22, AZERTAC
The novels that will compete for this year's Booker Prize have been revealed, with all six of the authors short-listed for the first time, according to BBC.
All the short-listed authors receive £2,500. One is from the UK, two from Ireland, two from the US and one from Canada.
The books "showcase the breadth of what world literature can do", Esi Edugyan, who chairs the judging panel, said.
The winner, announced on 26 November, will receive £50,000.
The prestigious prize is open to works of fiction written in English by authors anywhere in the world and published in the UK or Ireland.
The shortlist in full:
Western Lane by Chetna Maroo (UK)
Prophet Song by Paul Lynch (Ireland)
The Bee Sting by Paul Murray (Ireland)
Study for Obedience by Sarah Bernstein (Canada)
If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery (US)
This Other Eden by Paul Harding (US)
The Bee Sting follows an Irish family in crisis, while Prophet Song, also set in Ireland, examines a mother of four who faces a terrible choice.
Study For Obedience sees a woman drop everything to be with her elder brother following the collapse of his marriage, while This Other Eden is a tale of racism on an isolated island off the coast of Maine.
Western Lane explores an immigrant father's attempts to raise his family as a single parent, while If I Survive You is a collection of linked stories focused on one family's tempest-tossed journeys in Jamaica and Florida.