Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist: Critical Linking, April 4, 2017

Today’s Critical Linking is sponsored by Marlena by Julie Buntin.

The shortlisted books are as follows:

Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀̀
The Power  Naomi Alderman
The Dark Circle by Linda Grant
The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
First Love by Gwendoline Riley
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

I haven’t even HEARD of any of these and I LOVE that!

Even if she doesn’t count President Trump among her readers, Atwood said there are lessons to be learned from the book for any country facing political instability. She said the U.S. is an “extremely diverse” country with a strong democratic tradition. “Vote,” she said. “Enjoy the experience while you can. The primary lesson is don’t get complacent: don’t think you don’t have to vote, and don’t think what you do doesn’t matter.”

Atwood on the resurgence of the popularity of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Speaking of which, it’s free for Kindle Unlimited users right now.