You might not have heard of Emily Fridlund, but thanks to a newly announced "shortlist" for a prestigious literary award, the rest of the world definitely has.
Fridlund is a Minnesota writer whose debut novel, History of Wolves, is up for the Man Booker Prize. The prize is described as "the leading literary award in the English speaking world."
The book, which was published in 2016, was included in the "longlist" earlier this year, but on Wednesday, the organization behind the award announced that it had made the coveted shortlist.
As the Man Group notes, Fridlund is a "neophyte" who's nominated "alongside an eminent cluster of established writers," including "big names" like Arundhati Roy, Sebastian Barry, and Zadie Smith.
There's a total of six authors on the shortlist; the winner will be announced on Oct. 17.
The New York Times says the Booker Man Prize is "one of the world’s most prestigious literary accolades."
About the author and her 'Wolves'
Like its author, History of Wolves is truly Minnesotan, taking place in the northern part of the state.
The novel follows a 14-year-old girl who faces some of life's harsher realities after she ventures outside the commune where she was raised, and becomes the babysitter to a 4-year-old boy.
In its review of the book, the New York Times compared Wolves to a literary "kidnapping," where the reader is "stuffed in a burlap bag, shoved in a trunk and driven around with little sense of where the car’s headed or who the driver is."
Take that as you will. But the novel has strong ratings on Amazon, with most reviews coming in at five stars.
As for Fridlund, the Star Tribune says she grew up in Edina, and now lives in New York.
She is also a member of the faculty at Cornell University, where she teaches a course on "intermediate narrative writing."