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What made it on the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2013 longlist

And it comes down to thirteen finalists. From surprise to intrigue, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction is known to touch readers right across the globe.

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri 

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Harvest by Jim Crace
Transatlantic by Colum McCann 
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson
Unexpected by Alison MacLeod
The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
The Kills by Richard House
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín
Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw

419 by Will Ferguson

WillFerguson, successful humorist and travel writer, joins the ranks of literary novelists with 419 after winning the coveted ScotiaBank Giller Prize. The accolades and the title were the hook that steered my reader senses deep into a labyrinth of revenge, lies and deception, in a riveting story spanning two continents.
The novel entices us with four storylines layered purposefully in fragmented chapters -- seemingly connected but not obviously intertwined. The narrative’s opening scene sets the stage: a car-crash with a retiredCalgaryschool teacher, Henry Curtis, its victim. The investigation does not immediately suspect foul play, but as new evidence surfaces, Henry Curtis’ secrets begin to unfold as a steadily moving wreck that shatters the lives of his family members. Unintentionally, his actions have left them now not only with an emotional void, but a financial chasm after they realize he has been the target of a sophisticated Internet scam referred to as “419” inNigeria.
As Henry…

Inferno by Dan Brown

In a classic Dan Brown style, the book hooks you from the first page and takes you through a journey of historical proportions. It reminded me of his other book...but with a few twists and turns. When you've read one Dan Brown book you almost can anticipate the twists, but nonetheless Inferno keeps you entertained and is a page turner till the end. 

5 Sukasa Stars