There are a lot of literary prizes being awarded these days. I tend to look at prize-winning authors and books as a filter. I know this is a flawed method, but in a world with so many books and so little time, I have to rely on something to help me whittle down my choices.
One of the prizes I follow is the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. The 2015 winner will be announced June 3rd. The short list is:
- Rachel Cusk for Outline
- Laline Paull for The Bees
- Kamila Shamsie for A God In Every Stone
- Ali Smith for How To Be Both
- Anne Tyler for A Spool of Blue Thread
- Sarah Waters for The Paying Guests
Of these books, I had difficulty getting into two of them: How to be Both, and The Bees. In fact, I put them down after a few pages. If one of them wins on June 3rd, I imagine I’ll pick it up again! I have a feeling Sarah Waters is going to take the prize, but we shall see!