Almost English

2013 Longlisted: Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson

Almost_EnglishRating: 2.5
Almost English

A Novel by Charlotte Mendelson
2013 / 391 Pages

Longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, Almost English presents the tension and identity crises that occur within a blended, multicultural family.  While 16 year-old Marina might identify as English on paper, her family life and heritage is much more complicated.  Marina’s mother, Laura, married a Hungarian man named Peter, but his binge drinking and general lack of enthusiasm for family life left Marina fatherless for the majority of her upbringing.  And the life of a single mother hasn’t been easy for Laura, either, especially considering that they are still very closely tied to Peter’s family.  Marina and Laura have lived with Peter’s mother and her two sisters in a tiny London apartment since Peter’s abandonment, which has propelled them into a sort of cultural limbo.

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Why it Will Win: The Kills by Richard House

Why_It_Will_WinOver the course of the next eight days, leading up the Man Booker shortlist announcement on September 10th, each one of our eight bloggers will champion a different nominated title and explain Why it Will Win the coveted prize.

Today, Aaron explains why he’s 100% certain that Richard House’s The Kills will be crowned the victor on October 15th.

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The Many Covers Of The 2013 Man Booker Nominees

Man_Booker_Logo_300x300I know, I know, never judge a book by its cover, right?  But how can you help it?  Like it or not, we’re all highly visual beings and cover art can make or break a book when it comes to sales.

Below I’ve complied all the different covers that have been released across the globe for each of the 13 Booker nominees.  Let’s play a little game.  Comment below and tell us, based on looks alone, who would get the Booker for best cover design?

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13 Facts About This Year’s Man Booker Nominees

Man_Booker_2013I did me some internet sleuthing this morning.  Don’t judge.  Seriously, how productive have YOU been today?

In no particular order, here are 13 facts about this year’s Man Booker nominated authors and/or titles that you probably haven’t heard about.

Or maybe you have.

Or maybe you’re lying.

Whatever the case may be, I’m not here to rain on your literary parade  Take credit.  Look smart. Impress your friends.  But above all, enjoy.

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