Posted on April 2, 2020 at 7:54 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The story of the International Booker Prize longlist was the number of small presses represented.

The story of the shortlist? The near-record youth of one of its members.

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, age twenty-eight, isn’t the youngest writer to be nominated for any of the Booker prizes — that honor goes to Daisy Johnson, who was twenty-seven when she was shortlisted for the Booker, as the Guardian observes.

But like Johnson, Rijneveld accomplished this feat with a debut novel.

We’ll see if the story of the International Booker victory is that of a millennial’s first novel emerging triumphant on May 19.

The remaining contenders for the £50,000 ($64,400) prize, which is split amongst the author and translator or translators, are:

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