Monday, January 13, 2014

National Book Critics Circle Finalists

This morning the National Book Critics Circle finalists were announced.

Since I really only care about fiction on this blog, let's ignore everything that isn't fiction. Okay? Good.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Someone by Alice McDermott
The Infatuations by Javier Marías (translated by Margaret Jull Costa)
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Of all the commentary I've read about the Tournament of Books, the book that most people seem surprised about not being included is Americanah. I've heard of Alice McDermott, but I have to admit that I wasn't really aware of Someone. Javier Marías' The Infatuations is up next: I love it when books in translation are recognized and I hope it means that more great books get translated to English in the future. As for these last two, I'm about half-way into A Tale For the Time Being and I'm really enjoying it so far.  And then there's The Goldfinch, which seems to be pretty much everywhere.

Two of these are Tournament of Books finalists (Ozeki, Tartt), so I guess that just proves that those ToB people know what they're doing! Americanah had been on my short-term to-read list until the ToB finalists were announced and pushed it back to the long-term list. Someone and The Infatuations weren't really on my radar, but I'm still not feeling compelled to add them to the the to-read list.  Maybe if one of them wins?

I've read one-and-a-half of these - how many have you read? What did you think of them?

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