Nigerian literary icon, Ngozi Chimamanda Adichie has once again hit it big by gaining international recognition for her works, as her latest offering, “Americanah” has been longlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.
Chimamanda who won the prize in 2007 for Half of a Yellow Sun is the only Nigerian and African nominated for the prize which was formerly known as the Women’s Prize for Fiction and before that as the Orange Prize for Fiction and comes with an award of 30,000 pounds or $ 50,000.
Americanah was selected as one of 20 books from the 158 that were submitted and the list would be further narrowed down to a shortlist of six to be announced on April 7th before the winner is announced on 4 June 2014.
The 20 nominees in full are:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah
Margaret Atwood – MaddAddam
Suzanne Berne – The Dogs of Littlefield
Fatima Bhutto – The Shadow of the Crescent Moon
Claire Cameron – The Bear
Lea Carpenter – Eleven Days
M.J. Carter – The Strangler Vine
Eleanor Catton – The Luminaries
Deborah Kay Davies – Reasons She Goes to the Woods
Elizabeth Gilbert – The Signature of All Things
Hannah Kent – Burial Rites
Rachel Kushner – The Flamethrowers
Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland
Audrey Magee – The Undertaking
Eimear McBride – A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing
Charlotte Mendelson – Almost English
Anna Quindlen – Still Life with Bread Crumbs
Elizabeth Strout – The Burgess Boys
Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch
Evie Wyld – All The Birds, Singing
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