Round One of the fifth annual Tournament of books has ended. This competition, sponsored by The Morning News and Powell’s Books, pits sixteen acclaimed novels of the year into a patently unfair apples vs. oranges competition. If nothing else, it could serve as a reading list for months. The judges are variously fair, respectful, and snarky, but all are interesting to read. Here are the results so far:
2666 by Robert Bolano vs.
Steer toward Rock by Fae Myenne Ng
Netherland by Joseph O’Neill vs. A Partisan’s Daughter by Louis de Bernieres
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga vs. Harry, Revised by Mark Sarvas
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri vs. City of Refuge by Tom Piazza
Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen vs.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher vs. The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon
A Mercy by Toni Morrison vs.
The Dart League King by Keith Lee Morris
Home by Marilynne Robinson vs. My Revolutions by Hari Kunzru
TOB logo by Coudal Partners / Susan Everett