This year's Man Booker Prize finalists are an intriguing lot. They include a lurid crime story and an epic family saga. Here is a list of the six contenders, with summaries of what they're about. All are available in the United States.
Deborah Levy's novel packs a punch in a mere 157 pages. She puts a deeply unsettling spin on the impulsive, lusty fling gone wrong when vacationing Brits invite a mentally unstable beauty to stay with them. They don't know her presence is dangerous, but we do, which makes this a tense, engaging read.