The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 long list is out and Nigerians made the list! The prize was previously known as the Orange Prize for Fiction between 1996 and 2012 and the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction between 2014 and 2017.
Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun won the Orange Prize in 2007 while her book Purple Hibiscus was shortlisted in 2004. Ayobami Adebayo’s debut novel, Stay With Me was shortlisted for the prize in 2017. The prize celebrates women with excellent writing and Nigerian women have a good track record. Let’s hope for another win this year.
Two Nigerian authors made the long list this year;
Oyinkan Braithwaite with My Sister, the Serial Killer.
Akwaeke Emezi with Freshwater.
Other books on the longlist are;
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Bottled Goods by Sophie Van Llewyn
Circe by Madeline Miller
Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Milkman by Anna Burns
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li
Ordinary People by Diana Evans
Praise Song for the Butterflies by Bernice L. McFadden
Remembered by Yvonne Battle-Felton
Swan’s Song by Kelleigh GreenBerg- Jephcott
The Pisces by Melissa Broder
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
If you’ve read any of these books nominated in the Women’s Prize long list, be sure to leave a comment on your thoughts about them below.
The Women’s Prize shortlist would be out on the 29th of April, 2019. Fingers crossed!