Thursday, February 24, 2011

2011 Tournament of Books

The Morning News published its annual bracket for the Tournament of Books -- March Madness for readers.  The contenders are :

•The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender

•Nox, by Anne Carson
•Bad Marie, by Marcy Dermansky
Room, by Emma Donoghue
A Visit From the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan
Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen
Lord of Misrule, by Jaimy Gordon
•Bloodroot, by Amy Greene
•Next, by James Hynes
The Finkler Question, by Howard Jacobson
•Skippy Dies, by Paul Murray
•Model Home, by Eric Puchner
•So Much for That, by Lionel Shriver
Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart
•Kapitoil, by Teddy Wayne
•Savages, by Don Winslow

My call is that Goon Squad takes on Room in the semifinals (Room has to beat Freedom, not an easy feat) and Lord of Misrule takes Super Sad True Love Story in the other semifinal match up.  Goon Squad wins it all.

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