The 2022 Booker Prize Longlist

By Walden Pond Books

By Walden Pond Books
Glory

Glory

Noviolet Bulawayo

$27.00 $25.11

After decades of dictatorial rule by an elderly horse backed by a gang of dogs, a nation of animals is stirred to revolution. Inspired by the unexpected fall by coup, in November 2017, of Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's president for nearly forty years, NoViolet Bulawayo sets her masterful political satire in the fictional African country of Jidada. Animals may take the place of human characters but "Glory" ventures far, far beyond Orwell's "Animal Farm".

Case Study

Case Study

Graeme MacRae Burnet

$16.95 $15.76

Six mysterious notebooks recording the experiences of a patient of a controversial psychotherapist are presented as evidence of his malpractice. But the notebooks are authored by a young woman only intent on proving he drove her sister to suicide. Based on the career of Collins Braithwaite - a therapist who enjoyed a brief fling with fame in the 1960s as a specialist in celebrity clients - this novel of unreliable identities and untrustworthy motives is so compelling it may leave readers flailing in doubt at their own grip on reality, but absolutely positive they’ve been thoroughly entertained.

Trust

Trust

Hernan Diaz

$28.00 $26.04

In four distinct but connected narratives - a novel, a biography, a memoir, and a diary - the lives of a rapacious early 20th century New York financier and his wife are taken apart and reconstructed. But which narrative is reliable? At once an immersive story, an indictment of wealth accumulation, and a brilliant literary puzzle, Hernan Diaz's novel spans over a century and becomes more exhilarating with each new revelation.

The Trees

The Trees

Percival Everett

$16.00 $14.88

In a series of murders in the rural town of Money, Mississippi, the corpse of a young Black man with a startling resemblance to Emmett Till (the victim of an infamous 1957 lynching) is found over and over again, opposite the body of a murdered white man. As more bodies begin to turn up around the country in similar crime scenes, the investigation expands. Percival Everett takes direct aim at racism and police violence in an enormously powerful novel which is an extraordinary blend of mystery, horror, and parody.

Booth

Booth

Karen Joy Fowler

$28.00 $26.04

Brought up in a vegetarian, strongly abolitionist, highly literate household that even today would be labeled bohemian, how did John Wilkes Booth become a pro-slavery fanatic capable of the murder of President Abraham Lincoln? A brilliant portrayal of the tensions surrounding race, politics, and culture in 19th-century America, Karen Jay Fowler's richly imagined historical novel tells an extraordinary story of the family dynamics that reared an assassin.

Small Things Like These

Small Things Like These

Claire Keegan

$20.00 $18.60

When coal merchant Bill Furlong is implored by a teenage girl to help her escape from an Irish convent, he is plunged into a dark and twisting scandal that resurrects his own childhood demons. Told in 188 pages of utterly beautiful prose, Claire Keegan's tale of a man struggling with his conscience is a quietly devastating gem.

The Colony

The Colony

Audrey Magee

$28.00 $26.04

As Northern Ireland is engulfed by sectarian violence in 1979, two outsiders - an English artist and a French linguist – collide as they attempt to record the landscape and language of a remote Irish island. But the island's inhabitants have their own conflicting perspectives. . . Audrey Magee delivers a taut, chilling fable of the insidious legacy of colonialism and the clashes between class and culture.

Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies

Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies

Maddie Mortimer

$18.99 $17.66

The sudden onslaught of Lia's breast cancer threatens to upend the idyllic life she shares with her husband and her daughter. As the disease spreads through her body (the cancer itself is one of the novel's narrators), Lia reminisces on her past - much of it secret and withheld from her family. A uniquely heartrending - though often hilarious - and ambitious exploration of a woman's life racing to an inevitable fate.

Nightcrawling

Nightcrawling

Leila Mottley

$28.00 $26.04

Kiara and her brother Marcus are barely surviving in a rundown East Oakland apartment. Both dropped out of high school when their family was fractured by death and prison. Marcus aspires to rap stardom, while Kiara scrambles to find paying work to support them and the abandoned nine-year-old who lives next door. When she reluctantly turns to streetwalking, she ends up as a key witness in a scandal involving the Oakland Police Department. The youngest author ever to be nominated for the Booker Prize delivers an electrifying debut novel told in an unforgettable voice.

After Sappho

After Sappho

Selby Wynn Schwartz

$28.95 $26.92

Employing the voices of feminists, sapphists, artists, and writers - Gertrude Stein, Romaine Brooks, Sarah Bernhard, Josephine Baker, and Virginia Woolf, to name but a few - Selby Wynn Schwartz's brilliant debut novel provides a celebratory tour through 19th and 20th century history as experienced by these trailblazing women who lived and loved as they pleased.

Oh William!

Oh William!

Elizabeth Strout

$18.00 $16.74

Against all odds, Lucy Barton has remained a close friend to her philandering and emotionally unavailable ex-husband, William. To distract herself from her grief at the death of her second husband, Lucy agrees to accompany William on his quest to resolve a family drama. Both a fictional memoir and an engrossing account of a road trip, Elizabeth Strout's latest book displays the same mastery displayed in her previous award-winning novels.