The Man Booker Prize judges feel your pain.
The American finalists are Rachel Kushner's prison story "The Mars Room" and Richard Powers' tree-inspired tale "The Overstory" with the troubles-set story "Milkman" by Northern Ireland writer Anna Burns round out the list.
In an interview last month, the author said making the Man Booker long list was "wonderful".
The six shortlisted authors in the running for the Man Booker Prize have been revealed, and they include the award's youngest-ever nominee.
The gender balance-four women versus two men-is heartening, though the shortlist doesn't feature the year's biggest draw, 27-year-old Irish writer Sally Rooney.
Anna Burns and Daisy Johnson, both from the United Kingdom, have earned their place in the last six with novels that have so far generated lukewarm praise.
This isn't the first time Kushner has received awards buzz.
The Man Booker Prize was founded in 1969, and has become one of the most prestigious literary awards for an English-language author.
"Swinging effortlessly between combat with its traumatic aftermath, and the brute redevelopment of American cities, The Long Take shows us the ravages of capitalism as a continuation of war-time violence by other means".
For winning the Prize, Johnson will be given £2,500 and a "specially bound edition" of her novel.
Edugyan is a Canadian author.
In 2013, aged 28, New Zealander Eleanor Catton was previously the youngest victor of the £50,000 prize for her novel The Luminaries.
Chair of judges Kwame Anthony Appiah said of the shortlisted books, "from Ireland to California, in Barbados and the Arctic, they inhabit worlds that not everyone will have been to, but which we can all be enriched by getting to know".
The victor will receive a further £50,000 and can expect instant global recognition.
The Man Booker is the world's most prestigious English-language literary award with the victor guaranteed a huge increase in global sales that dwarfs the £50,000 (56,400 euros, $66,400) prize.