Newton native on Man Booker Prize shortlist

Otessa Moshfegh
Krystal Griffiths
Ottessa Moshfegh

Newton native Ottessa Moshfegh has been named a finalist for this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction for her debut novel, “Eileen.’’

The novel, a taut psychological thriller about a young woman working at a youth detention center outside Boston in the early 1960s, was chosen the winner of the 2016 PEN/Hemingway Award in March.

Other writers on the so-called shortlist of the prestigious British prize include Paul Beatty (“The Sellout’’), Deborah Levy (“Hot Milk”), Madeleine Thien (“Do Not Say We Have Nothing’’), Graeme Macrae Burnet (“His Bloody Project”), and David Szalay (“All That Man Is’’).


The Man Booker comes with a cash prize of 50,000 pounds, about $66,400. Finalists were chosen from a longlist of 13 names, which was announced in July, and the winner will be named Oct. 25.

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This is the third year that the prize has been open to writers of any nationality. Last year’s winner was Jamaican Marlon James for his novel “A Brief History of Seven Killings.’’ 


Paul Makishima is the Globe book editor. He can be reached at