Lloyd Jones' Mister Pip - a tribute to Charles Dicken's Great Expectations set in the South Pacific - and the collected stories of Australian David Malouf were among the books nominated for the Kiriyama Prize, which aims to promote "greater understanding" of South Asia and the Pacific Rim, according to AP.
Other fiction nominees: Nicole Mones' The Last Chinese Chef; Roma Tearne's Mosquito; and Zhu When's I Love Dollars. If that last one isn't a great title, I don't know what is.
Nonfiction nominees: Tom Bissell's The Father of All Things; East Wind Melts the Ice by Liza Dalby; India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha; Susan Mann's The Talented Women of the Zhang Family; and Julia Whitty's The Fragile Edge.
The winners of the 12th annual award will be announced April 1.