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Women's Prize for Fiction - 2020

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Women's Prize for Fiction! Read along with us as we make our way through all previous 24 titles as well as this year's longlisters in anticipation for the shortlist, to be announced in April, and ultimately to see who will be awarded the 25th annual Prize, to be announced in June!

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Bel Canto

By Ann Patchett
Narrated by: Anna Fields
Length: 11 hours 17 minutes

Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe.

“Blissfully Romantic….A strange, terrific, spellcasting story.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“Bel Canto…should be on the list of every literate music lover. The story is riveting, the participants breathe and feel and are alive, and throughout this elegantly-told novel, music pours... Read more »

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The Lacuna

By Barbara Kingsolver
Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
Length: 19 hours 14 minutes

In The Lacuna, her first novel in nine years, Barbara Kingsolver, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Poisonwood Bible and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, tells the story of Harrison William Shepherd, a man caught between two worlds—an unforgettable protagonist whose search for identity will take readers to... Read more »

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The Song of Achilles

A Novel

By Madeline Miller
Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
Length: 11 hours 14 minutes

The Song of Achilles

“This is one of the best books I've ever read. Do your heart a favor and read this beautiful, tender, heartbreaking book.”

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We Need to Talk About Kevin movie tie-in

A Novel

By Lionel Shriver
Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
Length: 16 hours 9 minutes

Eva never really wanted to be a mother—and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family,... Read more »

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The Dutch House

A Novel

By Ann Patchett
Narrated by: Tom Hanks
Length: 9 hours 52 minutes

The Dutch House

“Even if you've already Ann Patchett's masterful new novel, don't overlook the audio version! Knowing the story and hearing Tom Hanks as Danny are unique experiences -- in fact, listeners can savor Hanks' insightful depiction of the narrator even better knowing the plot. Patchett's work and Hanks' interpretation are a perfect match!”

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The Tiger's Wife

A Novel

By Téa Obreht 
Narrated by: Susan Duerden & Robin Sachs
Length: 11 hours 21 minutes

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Spectacular . . . [Téa Obreht] spins a tale of such marvel and magic in a literary voice so enchanting that the mesmerized reader wants her never to stop.”—Entertainment Weekly 

Look for Téa Obreht’s second novel, Inland, now available. 

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY... Read more »

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The Glorious Heresies

A Novel

By Lisa McInerney
Narrated by: Shelley Atkinson
Length: 10 hours 56 minutes

From Lisa McInerney, hailed by The Irish Times as “arguably the most talented writer at work in Ireland today,” comes The Glorious Heresies, a searing debut novel about life on the fringes of Ireland’s post-crash society.       
            When grandmother Maureen Phelan is surprised in her home by a stranger, she clubs the intruder with a... Read more »

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Home Fire

A Novel

By Kamila Shamsie
Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
Length: 7 hours 53 minutes

Home Fire

“One finishes reading Kamila Shamsie's extraordinary Home Fire completely stunned. She has written a brilliant story about two families who share geography and become linked by fate - one that has known exile, death, and family mystery, and another that has adapted to the so-called mainstream. Family, religion, the politics of media, various forms of seduction, and present-day devices all bring themselves to bear in utterly telling form. The U.S., London, Karachi, Syria, and Istanbul all figure into this book, which is of this time and age and beyond. One of the finest writers at work in English today, Kamila Shamsie has written her most heartbreaking, beautiful, necessary book yet.”

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Weather

A novel

By Jenny Offill
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 3 hours 46 minutes

Weather

“Brief and brilliant, Jenny Offill’s Weather doesn’t need page after page to trap us inside. Tearing through precision-crafted paragraphs, we willingly follow a Brooklyn librarian down a doomsday rabbit hole as she tries to limit the world’s damage to those she loves. On the express bus to the demise of civilization, find a seat next to Lizzie for a wild and witty ride through the storm raging across America. An astute and satisfying read.”

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The Most Fun We Ever Had

A Novel

By Claire Lombardo
Narrated by: Emily Rankin
Length: 20 hours 33 minutes

The Most Fun We Ever Had

“Claire Lombardo has written a rich and rewarding novel brimming with the messiness of families. Secrets kept and revealed provide a backdrop for the life-long love affair of Marilyn and David Sorenson as they raise their four daughters. The years are filled with joy, angst, anger, longing, and love as the members of the Sorenson family struggle to define their place among the ones who are nearest and dearest to their hearts. The Most Fun We Ever Had will resonate with all readers who have experienced and celebrated the chaotic love of family.”

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Red at the Bone

A Novel

By Jacqueline Woodson
Narrated by: Jacqueline Woodson, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Peter Francis James, Shayna Small & Bahni Turpin
Length: 3 hours 52 minutes

Red at the Bone

“Wow. Don't let the length fool you - this book is overflowing with heart. An incredibly poignant story of teen pregnancy told from multiple perspectives and timelines, coalescing into something that is so much more than the sum of its parts. The narration was superb, lending all the more life to Woodson's characters. ”

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Fleishman Is in Trouble

A Novel

By Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
Length: 14 hours 34 minutes

Fleishman Is in Trouble

“At the independent bookshop where I work, there was a lot of buzz about this book. Sometimes buzz makes me nervous – will the book live up to it? – but in this case, it was well deserved. Following the story of a recently divorced dad trying to reenter the world of dating and take care of his kids, it’s part parody, part commentary of the times we live in. The writing is so insightful. I loved, too, that the narrator was a third party – a childhood friend of Toby Fleishman’s – as this added a layer to both the story and the commentary. In particular, I found myself nodding a lot at the commentary about twenty-first century motherhood. And the yoga tops! It’s worth a read for the collection of yoga top slogans alone.”

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Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

A Novel

By Deepa Anappara
Narrated by: Indira Varma, Himesh Patel & Antonio Aakeel
Length: 9 hours 39 minutes

Discover the “extraordinary” (The Washington Post) debut novel that “announces the arrival of a literary supernova” (The New York Times Book Review),“a drama of childhood that is as wild as it is intimate” (Chigozie Obioma).
 
WINNER OF THE EDGAR® AWARD • LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York... Read more »

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On Beauty

By Zadie Smith
Narrated by: Peter Francis James
Length: 18 hours 46 minutes

In this loose retelling of Howard's End, Zadie Smith considers the big questions: 

Why do we fall in love with the people we do? Why do we visit our mistakes on our children? What makes life truly beautiful?

Set in New England mainly and London partly, On Beauty concerns a pair of feuding families—the Belseys and the Kippses—and a clutch of doomed... Read more »

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Girl, Woman, Other

By Bernardine Evaristo
Narrated by: Anna-Maria Nabirye
Length: 11 hours 6 minutes

Girl, Woman, Other

“The twelve Black British women who are the central characters in Bernardine Evaristo's GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER are so vastly different that when their connections are slowly revealed, like a spider web you didn't see until the light hits it just so, you'll settle in and become entranced. I loved this deep dive into a part of British culture that isn't often depicted. The form is unusual but once you give yourself over to it, you'll see why it works. I particularly loved the last part of the book which reminded me of enjoying a long leisurely meal and still leaving room for the perfect dessert. The ending was terribly satisfying. Highly recommend.”

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A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing

A Novel

By Eimear McBride
Narrated by: Eimear McBride
Length: 7 hours 33 minutes

The dazzling, fearless debut novel that won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the book the New York Times hails as “a future classic”.

In scathing, furious, unforgettable prose, Eimear McBride tells the story of a young girl’s devastating adolescence as she and her brother, who suffers from a brain tumor, struggle for a semblance of... Read more »

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Dominicana

A Novel

By Angie Cruz
Narrated by: Coral Peña
Length: 10 hours 12 minutes

Dominicana

“This is a book that will stay with you. It’s a story about a 15 Year old Dominican girl, who is married off to a man twice her age bc he can bring her to the United States. Ana, has no control over her situation, and comes to the US, speaking no English, knowing nothing about her new country. Isolated in their apartment, missing her siblings and pressured by her mother to send home money, Ana struggles to find her way. She’s torn between family loyalty and finding her own happiness. Ultimately, it’s Ana who has to determine her own agency. What makes this especially interesting is that it’s set in Washington Heights in the 1960s, with the civil rights movement in the background. Yet, that’s all the impact it has, momentous occasions are just background and Ana’s experience is front and center.”

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Girl

A Novel

By Edna O'Brien
Narrated by: Sheila Atim
Length: 5 hours 42 minutes

"Narrator Sheila Atim sets a sensitive yet emphatic tone for this harrowing story of violence, loss, and survival...Listeners will be enveloped in this emotional listening experience." — AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

This program is read by Laurence Olivier Award-winning actress, Sheila Atim.

Girl
, Edna O’Brien’s hotly anticipated new... Read more »

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Home (Oprah's Book Club)

A Novel

By Marilynne Robinson
Narrated by: Maggi-Meg Reed
Length: 12 hours 44 minutes

Hundreds of thousands were enthralled by the luminous voice of John Ames in Gilead, Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Home is an entirely independent, deeply affecting novel that takes place concurrently in the same locale, this time in the household of Reverend Robert Boughton, Ames's closest friend.

Glory Boughton, aged... Read more »

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The Mirror & the Light

A Novel
Wolf Hall Trilogy: Book #3

By Hilary Mantel
Narrated by: Ben Miles
Length: 38 hours 11 minutes

"The many listeners enthralled by the earlier two volumes in Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall trilogy will find all their expectations met in this final installment... Here is a narrative achievement of the highest order." — AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

This program is read by Ben Miles, who played Thomas Cromwell in the Royal Shakespeare... Read more »

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