Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022: The End

The winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022 will be announced TOMORROW! This is a short summary post. My round-up of the twelve titles I’ve read from the longlist can be found here.

The book I want to win

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The book I think will win

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The book I least want to win

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My overall ranking of the shortlist, with links to my reviews

  1. The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
  2. Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason
  3. The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki
  4. Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
  5. The Bread the Devil Knead by Lisa Allen-Agostini
  6. The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

Who do you think will win the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022? And who do you want to win?

EDIT: And the winner is…

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I almost called it! I hoped The Sentence would win but thought that The Book of Form and Emptiness also ticked a lot of the same boxes for the judges, and so it has proven. I’m unsurprised but pleased that the judges gave the prize to a woman of colour.

Although I didn’t get on with The Book of Form and Emptiness, I’m not too disappointed with this result. Ozeki is a wonderful writer whose work deserves to be recognised, and there were certainly wonderful sections even within what I consider to be her worst book.

4 thoughts on “Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022: The End

  1. I would swap your #1 and #2, but there’s not all that much in it, and a BIPOC winner is always welcome. (The irony that Twitter chose your least favourite to illustrate the post!) I’ll be eagerly awaiting the announcement.

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    • Twitter is adept at always choosing the worst possible photo! The more I think about it the more I fear The Island of Missing Trees might actually win. I still won’t be reading it though 🙂

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  2. Our favorite and least favorite are in agreement! Do I predict that The Sentence will win? I dunno, after this year’s Pulitzer Fiction winner and finalists, my predictive powers are pretty much nil.

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    • I have a pretty good track record of predicting the WP shortlist at longlist stage but a terrible track record of predicting the winner, so it doesn’t look good for The Sentence 🙂 The more I think about it, the more I fear The Island of Missing Trees might actually win.

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