3m at 1morechapter.com – of the 21 entries, she was the only one to pick Olive Kitteridge as the winner, although even she admitted on her entry that A Mercy had a better shot. Well done, 3m.
The only other mention of Elizabeth Strout’s book was from dovegreyreader who picked it as a finalist (she wanted to pick it first, but, without in any way criticizing DGR, she wants to pick a lot of books first — ). I can’t help but observe that these very popular bloggers actually know their stuff — if you don’t know them, do check them out. (DGR also picked The Plague of Doves as a finalist, but alas missed the winner). And I will offer an Orange Prize prediction (with no prize) eventually — all three of these Pulitzer finalists are women writers.
Actually, we should also feel sorry for Mr. Benchly ( who has my favorite, formal name on the blog). His book club was cheering for Olive Kitteridge but he didn’t include it on his entry. Shame on your Mr. Benchly and please don’t confess to your bookclub.
A number of entries picked The Plague of Doves, but alas they all fell short by a whisker. Scott was right in predicting a left-field finalist choice — All Souls was on no one’s entry and does look interesting– but his guess was wrong.
Thanks to everyone for entering — it was fun. So much fun, that I promise toward the last half of May I will have an IMPAC Dublin contest. In one sense, this is easier — since we know the eight finalists. In another, it is more difficult — the finalists come from all over the world, originally published in three languages and all with a history. Please do drop by and make an entry when I have figured out the contest. It should be every bit as interesting as this one
3m could you send me an email address at kevin (at) belvedere1 (dot) com and we will figure out how to get you your prize. I will admit up front that I think you should invest your $75 (and I will top it up to cover shipping charges) in an exploration of Canadian fiction at chapters.ca, but that is your choice.
Thanks to everyone else for entering. As indicated above, for serious readers this was just a preliminary bout for the IMPAC contest. Will
Rycroft and 3m may be defending champions, but, let’s face it, they won their trial in very slow heats.