Established in 1969, the Man Booker Prize is Britain’s most prestigious literary award. Fridlund is shortlisted along with 5 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 Man Booker Prize winner will be announced October 17.
This article was updated on 9/14/17.