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In a First, 2 Americans Make Booker Shortlist

We are all completely beside ourselves for Karen Joy Fowler, Joshua Ferris
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 9, 2014 9:07 AM CDT
In a First, 2 Americans Make Booker Shortlist
In this 2007 file photo, are authors Joshua Ferris, left, and Jim Shepard. The Americans have arrived in force for Britain's Booker literary prize.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

(Newser) – Three British writers, two Americans, and an Australian are the finalists announced today for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction. The British nominees are Ali Smith's How to Be Both, Howard Jacobson's J, and Neel Mukherjee's The Lives of Others. The US is represented by Joshua Ferris' To Rise Again at a Decent Hour and Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. Australia's Richard Flanagan is nominated for The Narrow Road to the Deep North. This is the first year writers of all nationalities have been eligible for the Booker, previously open only to authors from Britain, Ireland, and the Commonwealth of former British colonies. The winner will be announced in London on Oct. 14. (Read more fiction stories.)

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