The Giller Prize shortlist is out! The Shadow Jury will be reading and reviewing these books over the next 6 weeks, and will be choosing a shadow winner a few days before the official Giller Prize announcement on November 18th.
Immigrant City by David Bezmozgis, published by HarperCollins
Jury’s Thoughts: “Bezmozgis has reimagined immigrant lives not simply as marked by displacement and discontinuity, but of immigration as a shared and binding experience...”
My Thoughts: I hope these stories are good enough to ease my disappointment that Late Breaking is not on this list.
Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles, published by House of Anansi Press
Jury’s Thoughts: “...this is not your traditional Newfoundland novel of social isolation.”
My Thoughts: I loved Coles’ short story collection Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome, so I have high hopes for this one. (And I’m happy to see two Atlantic Canadians on this list!)
The Innocents by Michael Crummey, published by Doubleday Canada
Jury’s Thoughts: “Crummey’s novel has the capacity to change the way the reader sees the world.” (Oooo….)
My Thoughts: I have loved everything I’ve read by Michael Crummey. Can he live up to his past masterpieces? I have every confidence that he can. Go Michael!
Dual Citizens by Alix Ohlin, published by House of Anansi Press
Jury’s Thoughts: “Alix Ohlin’s novel, true to its title, quietly refutes monolithic tenets that regard identity as something fixed and singular.”
My Thoughts: I don’t know what to expect from this novel. All I have to go on is the fact that I enjoyed her last novel, Inside.
Lampedusa by Steven Price, published by McClelland & Stewart
Jury’s Thoughts: “...the novel contemplates what values are worth retaining in life and in art.”
My Thoughts: I’m thinking he and Esi have a good thing going right now with this Giller Prize business.
Reproduction by Ian Williams, published by Random House Canada
Jury’s Thoughts: “It’s an engrossing story of disparate people brought together and also a masterful unfolding of unexpected connections and collisions between and across lives otherwise separated by race, class, gender and geography.”
My Thoughts: I’ve been intrigued by this book since it came out, so I’m glad to have the nudge to read it. I’m about a hundred pages in right now, and have no idea where it’s going to take me.
Have you read any of these? Are there any here that you think shouldn’t be? Any that should be, but aren’t? Surprised not to see Atwood? Thoughts? Predictions?