Oct 14, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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An American revolution is a possibility at Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize.

U.S.A. authors Karen Joy Fowler and Joshua Ferris are among the six finalists for the $80,000 fiction award – which is open for the first time to English-language writers of all nationalities.

Ferris’ tale of cyber-identity, “To Rise Again At a Decent Hour” or Fowler’s unusual family story “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” would become the first U.S. winner of the fiction Booker if either one is victorious today.

The pair is competing against three British novels: Ali Smith’s dual-narrative story “How to Be Both,” Howard Jacobson’s “J” and Neel Mukherjee’s “The Lives of Others, ” which is set in Calcutta.

Completing the shortlist is the wartime love story “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” by Australia’s Richard Flanagan.

Bookmaker Ladbrokes has named Flanagan the favourite.

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