Monday, September 5, 2011

2011 shortlist prediction

Tomorrow, the 2011 Booker Prize shortlist will be announced. I'll be back tomorrow evening with the list, but for now, I thought I'd feature my six selections:

The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst
On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Snowdrops by A.D. Miller

The Barnes was one I was going to skip, but decided to go for it after finding a cheap signed copy on It's a short, 150-page novel that's much more driven by Barnes's stellar prose than his cheeky dialogue (which I've grown a bit weary of). I just finished it this afternoon on a train back to Brooklyn from Springfield, MA... it's a lovely meditation of aging, relationships, and the reliability of memories.

Of the three I've read (Barnes, Hollinghurst, Birch), so far I might be leaning towards Jamrach's for how perfectly it renders ocean madness... I'll try to avoid spoiling anything, but the book achieves something great when its plot turns sour.

We'll see how things go tomorrow! Until then....

Currently reading:
Snowdrops by A.D. Miller

Currently listening to:
"In Tension EP" by Light Asylum

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