by Tony Mareino,
LBPH Reader Advisor
This year marked the first time in the history of the Man Booker Prize to celebrate authors outside of the Commonwealth of Nations (aka the British Commonwealth). This development has made the longlist announced last week eclectic and exciting. Americans of note include 2006 National Book Award author Richard Powers, as well as bestsellers Karen Jo Fowler and Joshua Ferris. While some of the nominated books are a little too new to be recorded for our collection just yet, I wanted to compile a post featuring some of the excellent authors prior works. In addition, we will look at their current successes.
Joseph O’Neill is among the nominees for his latest, The Dog. He previously won the PEN/Faulkner in 2008 for Netherland. Check it out – DB 67189. Howard Jacobson is looking to become a two-time Booker winner with his effort, J. He previously won in 2010 for The Finkler Question – DB 71932. David Mitchell, an author whose work seems to win or be nominated any time he puts ink to the page, has another deserving effort with The Bone Clocks. Get familiar with his work in The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – DB 71475. Finally, Ali Smith (nominated this year for How to Be Both) is another name synonymous with acclaim – having been nominated for the Man Booker and Orange Prize several times, and winning the Whitbread Novel of the Year for The Accidental – DB 61928.
The longlist for 2014 also features authors in our collection such as Richard Flanagan, Niall Williams, Siri Hustvedt, and David Nicholls (whose last novel, One Day – DB 72311, was made into a motion picture). If you want to get a head start on the three novels remaining so you can share your opinion when the shortlist is announced, check out these titles from this year:
by Richard Powers
Future America. When he calls emergency services for help with his dying dog, composer Peter Els sets in motion a chain of events that forces him to flee from Homeland Security. Els’s search for music in everything has people thinking he is a bioterrorist. Some strong language. 2014.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
by Karen Jo Fowler
1996. Rosemary Cooke is away at college and her sister Fern and brother Lowell are long gone. As Rosemary slowly reveals, Fern is a chimpanzee–who was removed from the family home when Rosemary was five–and Lowell became an animal-rights activist who blamed Rosemary. Strong language. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2013.
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
by Joshua Ferris
Successful Manhattan dentist Paul O’Rourke finds himself impersonated in social media accounts established inexplicably in his name. The imposture gradually forces Paul to confront his past and ultimately to question his own identity. By the author of “Then We Came to the End” (DB 65387). UNRATED. Commercial audiobook. 2014.