Find Your Next Fiction Read: The Booker Prize 2022 Longlist

 The Booker Prize  is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over five decades.

Each year, the prize is awarded to what is, in the opinion of the judges, the best sustained work of fiction written in English and published in the UK and Ireland.

The longlist for 2022 was announced on July 26th.  The 13 selections include the youngest and oldest authors ever to be nominated, as well as the shortest book, three debuts and two new publishers receiving their first ever nominations.

Chair of the judges Neil MacGregor said ‘The list offers story, fable and parable, fantasy, mystery, meditation and thriller’.   The shortlist will be unveiled on September 6, and the winner will be announced on October 17.

You are sure to find a great read in the following longlisted titles available or soon to be available to borrow with your Livingston Library card.

After Sappho by Selby Wynn Schwartz  (to be released 1/24/2023)

Inspired by the muse Sappho, a myriad of women break from their small, predetermined lives for seemingly disparate paths.

Booth : A Novel by Karen Joy Fowler

Fowler reimagines the life and times of one of U.S. history’s most wrenchingly awful figures: John Wilkes Booth. She starts in 1822 with a remote cabin 30 miles northeast of Baltimore, where gifted but emotionally unbalanced Shakespearean actor Junius Booth presides over a family that finally amounts to ten children, including John. The Booths take center stage as the country’s top theatrical family, but their secrets and scandals mount as the country burns its way toward the Civil War.

Case Study by Graeme Macrae Burnet (coming to the library soon!)

When a young woman becomes convinced that her sister’s therapist was responsible for her suicide, she assumes an alter ego and presents herself as a client at his clinic, determined to get to the bottom of the charismatic therapist’s relationship with her sister.

The Colony by Audrey Magee

A novel examining the long, complicit aftermath of colonialism, told through the summer of 1979 and a remote island in the west of Ireland, one of the last places where people speak everyday Irish, and two men who come to experience it.

Glory : A Novel by NoViolet Bulawayo

An explosive novel about the chaos of revolution, Glory centers around the unexpected fall of Old Horse, a long-serving leader of a fictional African country, and the drama that follows for an unruly nation of animals on the path to true liberation. Inspired by the unexpected fall by coup, in November 2017, of Robert Mugabe–Zimbabwe’s president who took office in 1980 and…never left–Bulawayo’s bold, vividly imagined novel shows a country imploding, narrated by a chorus of animal voices who unveil the ruthlessness and cold strategy required to uphold the illusion of absolute power, and to overthrow it completely.

Maps Of Our Spectacular Bodies by Maddie Mortimer (coming to the library soon!)

Lia, her husband, Harry, and their daughter, Iris, are a perfectly balanced family of three with a happy life. But when a devastating diagnosis threatens to derail their lives, the world around them begins to warp and transform, and Lia’s carefully hidden secrets come rushing out.

Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley

A dazzling, unforgettable novel about a young Black woman who walks the streets of Oakland and stumbles headlong into the failure of its justice system.  When a drunken altercation with a stranger turns into a job she desperately needs, Kiara, who supports her brother and an abandoned 9-year-old boy, starts night crawling until her name surfaces in an investigation exposing her as a key witness in a massive scandal within the Oakland Police Department.

Oh William! : A Novel by Elizabeth Strout

Writer Lucy Barton recounts her complex, tender relationship with William, her first husband, and longtime, on-again-off-again friend and confidante.

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka (to be released 08/2022)

A searing satire set amid the murderous mayhem of Sri Lanka beset by civil war.

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

It is 1985 in a small Irish town. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bill Furlong, a coal merchant and family man faces into his busiest season. Early one morning, while delivering an order to the local convent, Bill makes a discovery which forces him to confront both his past and the complicit silences of a town controlled by the church. A deeply affecting story of hope, quiet heroism, and empathy from one of our most critically lauded and iconic writers

Treacle Walker by Alan Garner (release date tbd)

When Treacle Walker appears off the Cheshire moor one day—a wanderer, a healer—an unlikely friendship is forged and the young boy is introduced to a world he could never have imagined.

The Trees : A Novel by Percival Everett (coming to the library soon!)

After a series of brutal murders in a rural Mississippi town, investigators arrive and discover a large number of similar cases that all have roots in the past. The murders present a puzzle, for at each crime scene there is a second dead body: that of a man who resembles Emmett Till. The detectives suspect that these are killings of retribution, but discover that eerily similar murders are taking place all over the country. As the bodies pile up, the MBI detectives uncover a history that refuses to be buried.

Trust by Hernan Diaz

A stylish and propulsive novel rooted in early 20th century New York, about wealth and talent, trust and intimacy, truth and perception. This multilayered novel is a collection of four manuscripts at different stages of completion, and they tell different versions of the story of a Wall Street businessman and his wife in the years leading up to the Great Depression. centered around the mystery of how the Rask family acquired their immense fortune in 1920s-1930’s New York City.

-Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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