There are 6 books on the Giller Prize shortlist this year. The Shadow Jury will be reading and reviewing these books over the course of the next 5 weeks. We will be choosing a shadow winner a few days before the official Giller Prize announcement on November 7th.
Mona Awad for her novel 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, published by Penguin Canada
My thoughts: I haven’t read this one yet, but my feeling based on other reviews I’ve read is that the writing will be good, but I may find myself feeling frustrated by the protagonist’s negative outlook on life. On the other hand, maybe not…
Gary Barwin for his novel Yiddish for Pirates, published by Random House Canada
My thoughts: This may be the book I know the least about, and I think I’ll keep it that way. I’m hopeful that it will be a fun read. I mean, it’s about pirates, right?
Emma Donoghue for her novel The Wonder, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
My thoughts: This is probably next on my reading list. I don’t know very much about it, but it’s Emma Donoghue, so my expectations are high (whether they should be or not).
Catherine Leroux for her novel The Party Wall, published by Biblioasis International Translation Series, translated by Lazer Lederhendler
My thoughts: I’m happy to see this on the list. To find out why, see my review.
Madeleine Thien for her novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada
My thoughts: I’m not surprised to see this on the list, as it is also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize this year. From what I’ve read so far, I’m expecting it to be a slower read, but rewarding.
Zoe Whittall for her novel The Best Kind of People, published by House of Anansi Press Inc.
My thoughts: I’m reading this one now, and I can already tell you that it’s a page-turner. But how will it all end?
Tell me, have you read any of these? Are there any here that you think shouldn’t be? Any that should be, but aren’t? Thoughts? Predictions?
This link will take you to CBC Books where they have compiled The Next Chapter interviews for 5 of the 6 shortlisted books.