National Book Award winner!

November 20, 2008 at 5:18 pm | Posted in Book Blather, Fiction | Leave a comment

Literary awards have become my obsession.  I don’t mean for me – I just want to know who’s winning them so I can rush out and read the book.  Today I knew to check who had won the National Book Award because I’d actually put it in my calendar.

This year’s National Book Award for fiction went to Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen.  Evidently it’s a condensed version of a trilogy he’d already written.  900 pages, condensed?  Oy.  Anyway, I checked Amazon and I’m seeing excellent reviews, including from a fellow who had already read the trilogy and opted to read this book as well.  Now that guy must read a lot.

I’m going to add Shadow Country to my list for next year, the Year of Big Fat Books.  My TBR pile is getting a bit unwieldy at the moment as it is.  I’m glad to say, though, that I’d read one of the short list nominees, The Lazarus Project, and it was fascinating.  And much shorter.

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