At least two gay/inclusive novels (Eng, Flanery) and two hetero books that made Thebes' annual list (Knausgaard, Bakker -- impressively back here for his second novel after winning this prize for his first) are among the ten finalists on today's shortlist for the $138,000 IMPAC Dublin Award.
Ten White Geese by Gerbrand Bakker, (Dutch)
Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser (Sri Lankan/Australian)
Absolution by Patrick Flanery (American)
My Struggle: Book One by Karl Ove Knausgaard (Norwegian)
Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye (French)
Traveler of the Century by Andrés Neuman (Argentinian)
The Light of Amsterdam by David Park (Northern Irish)
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan (Irish)
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (Malaysian)
The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombian)
The winner will be announced June 12. The IMPAC Dublin is among my very favorite prizes, with previous winners Tóibín, Pamuk, Petterson, Bakker, and Edward P. Jones. But they need more women. For the past thirteen years a male writer has won and this year eight of the ten finalists are men.