The Man Booker Prize shortlist was announced September 11, picking three men and three women; two debut novelists and one former winner. But which books can you read right now if you live in the U.S.? Here's a roundup of the six finalists:
Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies is probably the best-known nominee to American readers. The book was pulished in May by Holt and our review called it "pure pleasure."
Nacropolis by Jeet Thayil was published in April by Penguin Press. The book is a debut set in a "vibrantly squalid yet glamorous Bombay of the 1970s," according to our starred review.
Tan Twan Eng's The Garden of Evening Mists was published by Weinstein Books on September 4. Our review said the novel "falls flat" and that "there is very little--other than Eng's moving atmospherics and attention to detail--to draw readers along."
On October 16, Bloomsbury will publish Deborah Levy's Swimming Home in trade paperback.
Grove Press will publish Will Self's Umbrella on January 8, 2013.
The Lighthouse by Alison Moore is the only shortlisted book without a U.S. publisher, but a Kindle version of the book is available.