Oyez oyez oyez, the big Tournament of Books contest. The prize? A genuine rooster. Those not tapped by the judges will remain on the floor. Let’s go:
The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga
2666, Roberto Bolano
A Partisan’s Daughter, Louis de Bernieres
The Northern Clemency, Philip Hensher
The Lazarus Project, Alexander Hemon
My Revolutions, Hari Kunzru
Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart
Shadow Country, Peter Matthiessen
The Dart League King, Keith Morris
A Mercy, Toni Morrison
Steer Towards Rock, Fae Myenne Ng
Netherland, Joseph O’Neill
City of Refuge, Tom Piazza
Home, Marilynne Robinson
Harry, Revised, Mark Sarvas
Coudal is taking wagers, and raising money to support kids’ literacy in the process. I have to admit, I’m not as familiar with this year’s contenders as in previous years. 2666 is the Cloud Atlas of Oscar Wao in the room, no doubt; the stink that was raised over The Savage Detectives being eliminated, it drifted all the way up to Maine.
Still, though: Robinson’s got a left hook that could drop a moose.
If Sarvas wins – and he well could – I’ll have to dress for the occasion. You’d better hope he doesn’t win.
Okay: I’m going to throw my lot in with The Dart League King; despite being only halfway through it, and 100 ways it could go wrong before it ends, I’m enjoying it quite a lot. It deserves the attention. And it’s the only indie publisher on the list (so I’m told). That’s gotta count for something.
(If you’re interested in buying any of these, Powell’s has them on sale in deference to The Rooster.)