Friday, June 19, 2009
It's that time of the year: The Millions has updated its tally of literary prizes. This is an annual event undertaken "in the same spirit that one might tally up batting titles and MVPs to determine if a baseball player should be considered for the Hall of Fame." The recent standout is Junot Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. After it was shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, it "has joined the ranks of the most celebrated novels of the last 15 years, making it, along with the other books near the top of the list, something of a modern classic." Even more recent hits include Sebastian Barry's The Scret Scripture and Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge.