Women’s prize for fiction 2021: The 6 shortlisted books

Winner will be announced on July 7
Women’s prize for fiction 2021: The 6 shortlisted books

This year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist features six writers who have never previously been shortlisted for the Prize. Yaa Gyasi, Susanna Clarke and Patricia Lockwood are among the authors competing for £30,000.

The shortlist includes two British authors, two American, one Barbadian, and one Ghanaian/ American author. 

“We are excited to present a gloriously varied and thematically rich exploration of women’s fiction at its finest,” said chair of judges and novelist Bernardine Evaristo.

“These novels will take the reader from a rural Britain left behind to the underbelly of a community in Barbados; from inside the hectic performance of social media to inside a family beset by addiction and oppression; from a tale of racial hierarchy in America to a mind-expanding tale of altered perceptions. 

”Fiction by women defies easy categorisation or stereotyping, and all of these novels grapple with society’s big issues expressed through thrilling storytelling. We feel passionate about them, and we hope readers do too.”

The six shortlisted books are:

The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett

Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke

Unsettled Ground, by Claire Fuller

Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House, by Cherie Jones

No One is Talking About This, by Patricia Lockwood

The winner will be announced on July 7.


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