Choosing a horse for the Amazon First Novel Award

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In partnership with The Walrus, Amazon has announced the shortlist for the prestigious First Novel Award. The award has a history of predicting literary superstars so you’ll want to pay attention here. The shortlist is:

All True not a Lie in it by Alix Hawley

Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper

Us Conductors by Sean Michaels

New Tab by Guillaume Morissette

Pedal by Chelsea Rooney

Us Conductors is probably the bookie’s favourite as it was the winner of this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize but my money is on Emma Hooper’s excellent Etta and Otto and Russell and James. It stands the trope of ladies wandering for miles in order to find themselves on its head. To read more, check out my recent review of the book in the Fiction Advocate.

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