Four debut novels make 2020 Booker Prize shortlist

France 24 | Sep 15, 2020 at 5:10 PM
  • Four debut novelists were on Tuesday shortlisted alongside Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga and Ethiopian-American Maaza Mengiste for the Booker Prize for best English-language fiction, to be awarded in November.
  • American Avni Doshi’s first novel “Burnt Sugar” will compete with fellow US debutants Diane Cook (“The New Wilderness”) and Brandon Taylor (“Real Life”), and Scotland’s Douglas Stuart (“Shuggie Bain”), for one of the world’s most celebrated literary awards.
  • Stuart’s “Shuggie Bain” is set in a working-class Scottish family struggling with alcoholism and poverty in the 1980s, while Taylor’s debut follows an introverted man’s experience of racism as he arrives at an American university.