IMPAC Dublin Award

The IMPAC Dublin shortlist was announced today (the longlist was announced a couple of months ago). The finalists are:

The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster
Any Human Heart – William Boyd
Caramelo – Sandra Cisneros
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
The White Family – Maggie Gee
This Blinding Absence of Light – Taher Ben Jelloun
Balthasar’s Odyssey – Amin Maalouf
Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry
Earth and Ashes – Atiq Rahimi
House of Day, House of Night – Olga Tokarczuk

I’m delighted that the Moroccan Ben Jelloun is on the shortlist though I haven’t yet read This Blinding Absence of Light. He’s not a current fave (I prefer his earlier work, like Harrouda) but definitely one worth reading.