Get to Know the 2011 Man Booker Prize Longlist

Sebastian Barry, On Canaan’s Side

As Alex Clark at The Guardian explains, in Barry’s fifth lyrical novel, which features an 89-year-old narrator recounting her life story, the author’s “concentration on isolating tiny fragments of experience and apprehension makes for an intense and immersive read, one in which brutal events are cast in a diffuse light that gives them an almost mythic quality.” Barry has previously been shortlisted twice.