Canadian author Sarah Bernstein’s second novel has been shortlisted for the 2023 Booker Prize.
Bernstein’s Study for Obedience (Knopf Canada) is one of six books shortlisted for this year’s £50,000 (approximately $86,000) prize. Bernstein’s novel was one of 13 on the prize’s longlist.
Bernstein, who is originally from Montreal, lives in Scotland. She was named one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists earlier this year. Study for Obedience was also longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize earlier this month.
Bernstein is the lone Canadian on this year’s Booker shortlist, but Canadian rights to two of the other shortlisted titles are held by Canadian publishers: Goose Lane Editions has Canadian rights to Pulitzer Prize–winning author Paul Harding’s This Other Eden, and Knopf Canada has Canadian rights to Chetna Maroo’s Western Lane.
All six of the authors on this year’s Booker shortlist are nominated for the prize for the first time.
Canadian author Esi Edugyan, who has twice been shortlisted for the Booker, is the chair of this year’s Booker judging panel. The winner of the 2023 Booker Prize will be announced at a gala in London on November 26.