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Jesmyn Ward at the National Book Awards in Nov. Photo by Evan Agostini, Associated Press

Jesmyn Ward at the National Book Awards in Nov. Photo by Evan Agostini, Associated Press

Happy International Women’s Day!

Here is the longlist for The 2018 Women’s prize for fiction. Originally known as the Orange Prize, the award began in 1996 after a year in which not a single woman was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

H(a)ppy by Nicola Barker

The Idiot by Elif Batuman

Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

Sight by Jessie Greengrass

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy

Elmet by Fiona Mozley

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward