According to the Irish Times, Christoph Hein's novel Settlement (trans. Philip Boehm) is one of eight titles listed for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award.
I haven't read it, but Michael Orthofer sums it up at the Complete Review as a "fairly compelling roundabout tale of small-town (East-)German lives." Christoph Hein is, of course, a renowned man of (East-)German letters, his Drachenblut novella a set piece on many undergraduate German courses. The great thing is, he's still got what it takes. I really enjoyed his In seinem frühen Kindheit ein Garten, about a man whose ex-terrorist son dies, prompting him to rethink his values and attitude to the state.