Louise Erdrich among the six finalists for the Women’s Literary Prize
The 23rd novel by acclaimed American author Louise Erdrich and a debut novel for adults by Trinidadian comedian Lisa Allen-Agostini were named finalists on Wednesday for the 30,000 pound ($38,000) women’s fiction prize.
Erdrich’s ‘The Sentence’ – set in a haunted Minneapolis bookstore – and Allen-Agostini’s Caribbean story of gender-based violence and liberation, ‘The Bread the Devil Knead’, are on a shortlist of six books for the prestigious British prize.
Finalists also include New Zealand author Meg Mason’s bold and fun novel about love and mental illness, ‘Sorrow and Bliss’; the bibliophilic novel by American-Canadian writer Ruth Ozeki “The Book of Form and Void”; Turkish-British author Elif Shafak’s Cypriot love story “The Island of Missing Trees”; and American writer Maggie Shipstead’s “Great Circle,” the story of a pioneering aviator and her legacy.
Created in 1996, the prize is open to English-speaking women writers from all over the world. Previous winners include Zadie Smith, Tayari Jones and Maggie O’Farrell. Last year’s winner was the literary fantasy “Piranesi” by Susanna Clarke.
The winner of the 2022 Women’s Prize will be chosen by a jury led by British journalist Mary Ann Sieghart and announced on June 15 at a ceremony in London.