I still haven’t read all the Man Booker long list entries, but, for the hell of it, here are the six I’d put into the short list if I was the one making the announcement on Sept. 9 — if anyone was mad enough to let me have a say. This isn’t a prediction — despite my misleading headline. My track record at predicting this prize could not be worse. Last year, the short list book I hated ran away with the prize.
And of course, the best book may still be among the short stack of entries I haven’t yet read. I need to quit my job and catch up with my reading.
My list, in no particular order:
The History of the Rain by Niall Williams
Us by David Nicholls
Orfeo by Richard Powers
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt