The daughter of Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern has joined Peter Ackroyd, Tom Wolfe and Muriel Spark on the longlist for the IMPAC literary award.
Cecilia Ahern's 2004 debut is being made into a film
Cecilia Ahern's debut novel PS, I Love You is among 132 books up for a 100,000 euro (£68,000) prize - the highest value literary award for a single work.
Novels by VS Naipaul, Roddy Doyle, Ken Follet and Angela Levy have also been nominated by libraries in 43 countries.
Judges will announce the overall award winner in June next year.
PS, I Love You - the story of a young widow left a series of letters to be opened each month following her husband's death - is being made into a film.
Ms Ahern, 24, has published two other novels since her debut came out last year.
The Impac award was established by the city of Dublin in 1994.
Past winners have included The Known World by Edward P Jones, My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk and Wide Open by Nicola Barker.