As well as McCann’s novel, there are nine other entrants including novels from Australia, Nigeria, the UK and the USA.
“The titles on this year’s shortlist were nominated by public libraries in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA”, said Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke.
“The winner will be chosen from this intriguing international shortlist which includes four women writers. The novels come from Africa, America, Australia, Brazil, France, Ireland and the UK” said Dublin City Librarian Margaret Hayes.
“While many of the stories reflect contemporary themes, they bring us characters facing timeless challenges of love and loss, of innocence and isolation. These engaging stories are set against contrasting landscapes which include Brooklyn, Iceland and Lagos,” added Ms Hayes.
The IMPAC Award, run by the Dublin City Council, is worth €100,000 to the winner.
Here is the shortlist:
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Horses of God by Mahi Binebine
- Harvest by Jim Crace
- The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
- Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
- K by Bernardo Kucinski
- Brief Loves That Live Forever by Andreï Makine
- TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
- Someone by Alice McDermott
- Sparta by Roxana Robinson