On Wednesday, July 24, 2019, it was announced that Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann has been nominated for the 2019 Booker prize! Ellmann is the only American writer nominated for this year’s prize.
Here’s what the judges had to say:
“The unstoppable monologue of an Ohio housewife in Lucy Ellmann’s extraordinary Ducks, Newburyport is like nothing you’ve ever read before. A cacophony of humour, violence, and Joycean word play, it engages – furiously – with the detritus of domesticity as well as Trump’s America. This audacious and epic novel is brilliantly conceived, and challenges the reader with its virtuosity and originality.”
The shortlist will be announced on September 3rd. Until then, we’ll just be over here bursting our buttons.