I am in the middle of reading one of the long listed titles (Madeleine Thien's remarkable Do Not Say We Have Nothing--hint hint it's gonna be on the short list). My book clubs next book is Andrew Battershill's Pillow, which would be a surprise on the list of finalists.
That all said, this opinion is based less on the merit of the book and more of my gut feeling, but here it goes. The short list will be:
Mona Awad, for her novel 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, published by Penguin Canada
Andrew Battershill for his novel Pillow, published by Coach House Books
Emma Donoghue for her novel The Wonder, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Steven Price for his novel By Gaslight, published by McClelland & Stewart
Madeleine Thien for her novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada
Check back on Monday to see how I did.