Women's Prize 2022 Longlist

Hosted by felsiaopao

140 participants, 16 books added

You can start and finish this challenge whenever you like!

I was supposed to add an end date but decided against it. Let's read all of them on our own pace!


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Challenge prompts

Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith (1 book added)

Build Your House Around My Body is structured around the disappearance of 22-year-old Winnie, a Vietnamese American who arrives in Saigon in 2010 to teach English and ostensibly reconnect with her heritage. Yet the self-effacing, anxious Winnie seems more intent on drowning her inhibitions in meaningless sex and lukewarm beer. She feels an affinity neither with her expat colleagues nor the locals, but with the stray dogs who roam her street, “rangy and keen jawed and encrusted with ticks ... mixed breeds, like she was, and dirty like she was too”. Neither white nor Asian enough to feel comfortable with either designation, Winnie’s biracial identity renders her a perpetual outsider burdened by microaggressions and self-loathing. - The Guardian

Careless by Kirsty Capes (1 book added)

Careless, a debut novel by Kirsty Capes, is the story of Bess, a 15-year-old who has just found out that she is pregnant by Boy, a 19-year-old rebel without a cause/shelf-stacker at Tesco, whom she meets when he crashes a stolen car into a church. - The Guardian

Creatures of Passage by Morowa Yejidé (1 book added)

Drawing heavily on Egyptian mythology, “Creatures of Passage” tells the stories of Nephthys Kinwell, whose goddess namesake “ferried lost souls through the dark currents of the Great Mystery,” and her twin, Osiris, named for the lord of the Underworld. - Washington Post

Flamingo by Rachel Elliott (1 book added)

FLAMINGO is a novel about the power of love, welcome, and acceptance. It's a celebration of kindness, of tenderness. Set in 2018 and the 80s, it's a song for the broken-hearted and the big-hearted, and is, ultimately, a novel grown from gratitude, and a book full of wild hope. - Hachette

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead (2 books added)

Great Circle is a relentlessly exciting story about a woman maneuvering her way between tradition and prejudice to get what she wants. It's also a culturally rich story that takes full advantage of its extended length to explore the changing landscape of the 20th century. - Washington Post

Remote Sympathy by Catherine Chidgey (1 book added)

An exquisitely readable, polyphonic novel of domestic drama and human connection set in and around a concentration camp in Germany during the second world war and its aftermath. Moving away from their lovely apartment in Munich isn't nearly as wrenching an experience for Frau Greta Hahn as she had feared. - Europa Editions

Salt Lick by Lulu Allison (2 books added)

Salt Lick (Paperback) Bold, undaunted and richly imagined, Allison's dystopian vision of an England filled with deserted countryside and people both seeking the truth and fleeing from it resounds with scenes and sentiments all too recognisable to us today. - Waterstones

Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason (1 book added)

Tackling the issue of long-term mental illness with wit and candour, Mason's remarkable novel takes a rounded, empathetic look at the condition through the experiences of a middle-aged woman who has struggled to find contentment in her adult life. - Waterstones

The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki (3 books added)

One year after the death of his beloved musician father, thirteen-year-old Benny Oh begins to hear voices. The voices belong to the things in his house – a sneaker, a broken Christmas ornament, a piece of wilted lettuce. Although Benny doesn't understand what these things are saying, he can sense their emotional tone; some are pleasant, a gentle hum or coo, but others are snide, angry and full of pain. When his mother develops a hoarding problem, the voices grow more clamorous. At first Benny tries to ignore them, but soon the voices follow him outside the house, onto the street and at school, driving. - Google Books

The Bread the Devil Knead by Lisa Allen-Agostini (1 book added)

It explores an abusive love-affair with searing honesty, and skilfully tackles the issue of gender violence and racism against the lush and heady backdrop of the national festival, and the music that feeds it. - Amazon