Books to read now: the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist reviewed

We look at the contenders for the biggest prize in women’s fiction, the winner of which will be announced on June 7

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A rich novel about a Kentucky horse-breeding family is both a meditation on race and a bitter inversion of the American dream

An inventive tale in which women possess a special power insists that evil acts are gender neutral

An unflinching portrait of a marital trade-off between intimacy and freedom

This tale of a Nigerian couple under familial pressure to conceive is a subtle and unsentimental triumph

An epic tale of the fate of three musicians in 20th-century China

A smart and empathetic story of young tuberculosis patients in a postwar sanatorium