Last night, Jhumpa Lahiri was among the also-rans at the Man Booker Prize ceremony in London. Today in New York she was given another chance at winning a major prize as she was named one of five finalists for the National Book Award in fiction.
Eleanor Catton won the Man Booker Prize last night with her second novel, “The Luminaries.” At 28, she is the youngest author to claim the prize, and she does so with a book whose 832 pages make it the longest winner.
Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell saw to it that there could be only one winner in this year’s Man Booker Prize. Yet all six finalists were presented with something that the canny Tudor statesman would himself have prized: a hand-bound copy of their novel.
Julian Barnes won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction last night for “The Sense of an Ending,” a slim novel whose narrator must grapple with the fallibility of his memory and sense of self when a friend’s long-ago suicide returns to haunt him.
Howard Jacobson won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction last night with “The Finkler Question,” a dark comedy about a man convinced that tragic love is his destiny. It is the first overtly comic novel to win the prize in its 42-year history.