Established in 1969, the Man Booker Prize is Britain’s most prestigious literary award. Fridlund is longlisted along with 12 other novelists, including some of the biggest names in fiction, such as George Saunders, Zadie Smith and Paul Auster. The winner receives £50,000.
Fridlund received an MFA in fiction at Washington University in Saint Louis and a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California in 2014. Her graduate research was a study of simultaneity in modernist and contemporary narrative.
The shortlist will be announced Sept. 13 and the winner in October.