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Browse the books written by female authors that are on this year's Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist. The novels in contention for this literary award are all powerful page-turners.

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Women's Prize for Fiction 2019 Longlist

Browse the books written by female authors that are on this year's Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist. The novels in contention for this literary award are all powerful page-turners.

  • An American Marriage

    Tayari Jones

    Product Code: BUMTW
    Paperback
    Praised by Barack Obama, longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2019 and winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones finds an African-American couple learning that the American Dream can often be a nightmare...

    Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are all set to be a power couple. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. Until one day they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined...

    Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Devastated and unmoored, Celestial finds herself struggling to hold on to the love that has been her centre, taking comfort in Andre, their closest friend. When Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, he returns home ready to resume their life together...

    A masterpiece of storytelling, An American Marriage offers a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three unforgettable characters who are at once bound together and separated by forces beyond their control.
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  • Milkman

    Anna Burns

    Product Code: BTHMI
    Paperback
    Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018, Milkman is an extraordinary tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness.

    In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman.

    But when her first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.
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  • Remembered

    Yvonne Battle-Felton

    Product Code: BUHCG
    Hardback
    From the Northern Writer's Award Winner comes. . . REMEMBERED 'It's haunting and militant and very visceral and compassionate, heart wrenching story and painful to read.' DIANA EVANS 'Vital, important and humane. Everyone needs to read this book' JENN ASHWORTH 'Some books both break your heart and set you free. REMEMBERED will change you.' RACHEL EDWARDS - author of Darling It is 1910 and Philadelphia is burning. The last place Spring wants to be is in the rundown, coloured section of a hospital surrounded by the groans of sick people and the ghost of her dead sister. But as her son Edward lays dying, she has no other choice. There're whispers that Edward drove a streetcar into a shop window. Some people think it was an accident, others claim that it was his fault, the police are certain that he was part of a darker agenda. Is he guilty? Can they find the truth? All Spring knows is that time is running out. She has to tell him the story of how he came to be. With the help of her dead sister, newspaper clippings and reconstructed memories, she must find a way to get through to him. To shatter the silences that governed her life, she will do everything she can to lead him home.
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  • My Sister, the Serial Killer

    Oyinkan Braithwaite

    Product Code: BTBFU
    Hardback
    (4)
    "Femi makes three you know. Three and they label you a serial killer." When Korede's dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what's expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This'll be the third boyfriend Ayoola's dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the fit doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede's long been in love with him, and isn't prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other...
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  • Ghost Wall

    Sarah Moss

    Product Code: BRIXU
    Hardback
    "This book ratcheted the breath out of me so skilfully, that as soon as I'd finished, the only thing I wanted was to read it again." Jessie Burton Teenage Silvie and her parents are living in a hut in Northumberland as an exercise in experimental archaeology. Her father is a difficult man, obsessed with imagining and enacting the harshness of Iron Age life. Haunting Silvie's narrative is the story of a bog girl, a young woman sacrificed by those closest to her, and the landscape both keeps and reveals the secrets of past violence and ritual as the summer builds to its harrowing climax.
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  • Praise Song for the Butterflies

    Bernice L. McFadden

    Product Code: BTIFB
    Hardback
    Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019, this stunning novel will break your heart and heal it as it offers an eye-opening account of the practice of ritual servitude in West Africa.

    Nine-year-old Abebe Tsikata lives a comfortable, happy life in West Africa as the privileged daughter of a government employee and stay-at-home mother. But when the Tsikatas' idyllic life takes a turn for the worse, Abebe's father places her in a religious shrine, hoping to use the sacrifice of his daughter as religious atonement for his ancestors' crimes.

    Unspeakable acts befall Abebe for the 15 years she's enslaved within the shrine. When she is finally rescued, she struggles to overcome her past, endure the revelation of family secrets, and learn to trust and love again.
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  • Normal People

    Sally Rooney

    Product Code: BRJKD
    Hardback
    (1)
    The British Book Awards Book of the Year, Sally Rooney's Normal People has been shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2018 and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018. Published by Faber, the Conversations with Friends author brings readers a story that tackles politics, love and change with aplomb.

    Although Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town in rural Ireland, they couldn't be more different. However, when they both earn places at Dublin's Trinity College, they form a close bond that lasts for a long time...

    This exquisite love story is all about how a person can change another person's life in so many ways and how difficult it is to talk about how we feel...
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  • Lost Children Archive

    Valeria Luiselli

    Product Code: BUKAY
    Hardback
    The moving, powerful and urgent English-language debut from one of the brightest young stars in world literature Suppose you and Pa were gone, and we were lost. What would happen then? A family in New York packs the car and sets out on a road trip. A mother, a father, a boy and a girl, they head south west, to the Apacheria, the regions of the US which used to be Mexico. They drive for hours through desert and mountains. They stop at diners when they're hungry and sleep in motels when it gets dark. The little girl tells surreal knock knock jokes and makes them all laugh. The little boy educates them all and corrects them when they're wrong. The mother and the father are barely speaking to each other. Meanwhile, thousands of children are journeying north, travelling to the US border from Central America and Mexico. A grandmother or aunt has packed a backpack for them, putting in a bible, one toy, some clean underwear. They have been met by a coyote: a man who speaks to them roughly and frightens them. They cross a river on rubber tubing and walk for days, saving whatever food and water they can. Then they climb to the top of a train and travel precariously in the open container on top. Not all of them will make it to the border. In a breath-taking feat of literary virtuosity, Lost Children Archive intertwines these two journeys to create a masterful novel full of echoes and reflections - a moving, powerful, urgent story about what it is to be human in an inhuman world.
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  • Number One Chinese Restaurant

    Lillian Li

    Product Code: BUHCC
    Hardback
    Named a Must-Read by TIME, Buzzfeed, The Wall Street Journal, InStyle, and O, The Oprah Magazine 'Action-packed...a compelling family story' USA Today 'Lillian Li is a brilliant young writer and someone to watch' Lorrie Moore The popular Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland has been serving devoted regulars for decades, but behind the staff's professional smiles simmer tensions, heartaches and grudges from decades of bustling restaurant life. Owner Jimmy Han has ambitions for a new high-end fusion place, hoping to eclipse his late father's homely establishment. Jimmy's older brother, Johnny, is more concerned with restoring the dignity of the family name than his faltering relationship with his own teenaged daughter, Annie. Nan and Ah-Jack, longtime Duck House employees, yearn to turn their thirty-year friendship into something more, while Nan's son, Pat, struggles to stay out of trouble. When disaster strikes and Pat and Annie find themselves in a dangerous game that means tragedy for the Duck House, their families must finally confront the conflicts and loyalties simmering beneath the red and gold lanterns.
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  • Bottled Goods

    Sophie van Llewyn

    Product Code: BQHQF
    Paperback
    When Alina's brother-in-law defects to the West, she and her husband become persons of interest to the secret services, causing both of their careers to come grinding to a halt. As the strain takes its toll on their marriage, Alina turns to her aunt for help - the wife of a communist leader and a secret practitioner of the old folk ways. Set in 1970's communist Romania, this novella-in-flash draws upon magic realism to weave a tale of everyday troubles, that can't be put down.
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  • Swan Song

    Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

    Product Code: BPXHD
    Hardback
    'A completely fascinating novel and a marvellously skillful re-imagining of real people, times and places. Outstanding.' -William Boyd They told him everything. He told everyone else. Over countless martini-soaked Manhattan lunches, they shared their deepest secrets and greatest fears. On exclusive yachts sailing the Mediterranean, on private jets streaming towards Jamaica, on Yucatan beaches in secluded bays, they gossiped about sex, power, money, love and fame. They never imagined he would betray them so absolutely. In the autumn of 1975, after two decades of intimate friendships, Truman Capote detonated a literary grenade, forever rupturing the elite circle he'd worked so hard to infiltrate. Why did he do it, knowing what he stood to lose? Was it to punish them? To make them pay for their manners, money and celebrated names? Or did he simply refuse to believe that they could ever stop loving him? Whatever the motive, one thing remains indisputable: nine years after achieving wild success with In Cold Blood, Capote committed an act of professional and social suicide with his most lethal of weapons . . . Words. A dazzling debut about the line between gossip and slander, self-creation and self-preservation, SWAN SONG is the tragic story of the literary icon of his age and the beautiful, wealthy, vulnerable women he called his Swans. `Writers write. And one can't be surprised if they write what they know.'
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  • Circe

    Madeline Miller

    Product Code: BOJSM
    Hardback
    Orange Prize-winning author Madeline Miller tells the story of the mythological witch Circe in this historical fantasy.

    Inspired by Homer's Odyssey, it follows Circe as she is scorned and rejected by her kin for not having the look nor the voice of divinity. She is banished to the remote island of Aiaia after casting a dark spell and it's here where she learns to harness her occult craft.

    However, she's not alone and comes across many gods, heroes and monsters as she is faced with the decision of heading back to where she's from or staying with the mortals she has come to love.
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  • The Pisces

    Melissa Broder

    Product Code: BPNWO
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    Profoundly modern, deeply disturbed and darkly comic, The Pisces is about a heartbroken PhD student who over one summer falls in dangerous, ecstatic love with a merman Lucy has been writing her dissertation on Sappho for nine years when she and her boyfriend have a dramatic break up. After she hits rock bottom in Phoenix, her sister in Los Angeles insists Lucy dog-sit for the summer. Annika's home is a gorgeous glass cube on Venice Beach, but Lucy can find little relief from her anxiety - not in the Greek chorus of women in her love addiction therapy group, not in her frequent Tinder excursions, not even in Dominic the foxhound's easy affection. Everything changes when Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer while sitting alone on the beach rocks one night. But when Lucy learns the truth about his identity, their relationship, and Lucy's understanding of what love should look like, take a very unexpected turn. A masterful blend of vivid realism and giddy fantasy, pairing hilarious frankness with pulse-racing eroticism, The Pisces is a story about falling in obsessive love with a merman: a figure of Sirenic fantasy whose very existence pushes Lucy to question everything she thought she knew about love, lust, and meaning in the one life we have.
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  • Ordinary People

    Diana Evans

    Product Code: BMLVF
    Hardback
    'Diana Evans is a lyrical and glorious writer; a precise poet of the human heart' Naomi Alderman `You can take a leap, do something off the wall, something reckless. It's your last chance, and most people miss it.' South London, 2008. Two couples find themselves at a moment of reckoning, on the brink of acceptance or revolution. Melissa has a new baby and doesn't want to let it change her but, in the crooked walls of a narrow Victorian terrace, she begins to disappear. Michael, growing daily more accustomed to his commute, still loves Melissa but can't quite get close enough to her to stay faithful. Meanwhile out in the suburbs, Stephanie is happy with Damian and their three children, but the death of Damian's father has thrown him into crisis - or is it something, or someone, else? Are they all just in the wrong place? Are any of them prepared to take the leap? Set against the backdrop of Barack Obama's historic election victory, Ordinary People is an intimate, immersive study of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and aging, and the fragile architecture of love. With its distinctive prose and irresistible soundtrack, it is the story of our lives, and those moments that threaten to unravel us.
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