Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tournament of Books: End of Round 1

The first round of this year's March-madness-style Tournament of Books is now over. Some unlikely contenders are moving on to the second round, and some of my favorite books from last year have already been eliminated. Here are the books (The Great Eight) are progressing on to Round 2:
  • Roberto Bolano's 2666 (beating Fae Myenne Ng's Steer Toward Rock)
  • Louis de Bernieres’s A Partisan’s Daughter (beating Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland)
  • Mark Sarvas's Harry, Revised (beating Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger)
  • Tom Piazza's City of Refuge (beating Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth)
  • Peter Matthiessen's Shadow Country (beating E. Lockhart's The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks)
  • Aleksandar Hemon's The Lazarus Project (beating Philip Hensher’s The Northern Clemency)
  • Toni Morrison's A Mercy (beating Keith Lee Morris's The Dart League King)
  • Hari Kunzru’s My Revolutions (beating Marilynne Robinson's Home)

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