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09/20/2018 12:20 EDT | Updated 09/21/2018 09:10 EDT

Esi Edugyan's Novel 'Washington Black' Named Finalist For 2018 Man Booker Prize

It comes fresh off the heels of her Giller Prize honour earlier this week.

Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan is photographed at home in Victoria, B.C., on Aug. 27, 2018.
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Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan is photographed at home in Victoria, B.C., on Aug. 27, 2018.

LONDON — Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan has been named a finalist for the Man Booker Prize for fiction.

Three U.K. authors and two Americans were also short listed for the award.

"Washington Black," the saga of an escaped slave, marks the second nomination for Edugyan in recent days after being named to the long list for this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Her last novel, "Half-Blood Blues," was also named as a finalist for the Man Booker Prize in 2011. The prize went to English writer Julian Barnes' novel "The Sense of an Ending."

The shortlist for the Man Booker announced Thursday includes two first novels: U.K. poet Robin Robertson's verse novel "The Long Take" and "Everything Under" by British writer Daisy Johnson. At 27, Johnson is the youngest-ever Booker finalist.

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The six books nominated for the 2018 Man Booker Prize.

The American finalists are Rachel Kushner's prison story "The Mars Room" and Richard Powers' tree-inspired tale "The Overstory" with the troubles-set story "Milkman" by Northern Ireland writer Anna Burns round out the list.

The winner of the 50,000 pound ($66,000) prize will be announced on Oct. 16 during a black-tie dinner at London's Guildhall.

Favourites including Canada's Michael Ondaatje didn't make the cut from the 13-novel long list.

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