Jewish author wins Booker Prize

A British Jewish author won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction for a comedic novel about what it means to be Jewish today.

Howard Jacobson, who was shortlisted for the prize this year for the first time, was named the winner of the $80,000 prize Oct. 12 for “The Finkler Question.”

The book is about “love, loss and male friendship, and explores what it means to be Jewish today,” according to a news release from the prize committee.

Jacobson, 68, was considered an outsider for the prize, which had six books on the shortlist.

“The Finkler Question” is the first comedy to win the Man Booker Prize, according to the news release. The award began in 1968 and is given out every year. Eligible authors must be citizens of the Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland. — jta