This year's conclusion to our (Wo)Man Booker Shadow Panel fun garnered such interest with our reading group that we almost forgot to pick a winner. Wow. But we did. Pick a winner. As a matter of fact, three of the five of us picked the same top two. And the other two lovely ladies really did not enjoy the choice we ended up with, but majority rules or some such nonsense. Again, the experience of reading with such smart women is the draw here and not the prize process itself.
So what did we pick? A book that I love but consider a long shot to win for reasons previously discussed. The Sellout by Paul Beatty. That is not to say that if the judges put on their big boy and big girl pants and pick it that I would not be completely (and smugly) satisfied. I most certainly will be. But like a petulant child anticipating the "no" from the grown ups, I am hedging my bets at the moment.
Our second choice, and I think enjoyed by all, is Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh. That would not be a bad choice either. But a distant second for me.
If asked to rank the rest, I would place the Szalay third, the Levy fourth, the Macrae Burnet next, and the Thien in the final position.
Just hours until the official announcement. Do you have a personal favorite?