And the 2009 Winner is..........
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Are you surprised? I'm not.
It wasn't my favourite, but I am not surprised that it won...unlike last year, when the triumph of King Leary was quite a shock.
Edited to add this question: Are you going to read The Book of Negroes now because it won? Or, have you already read it?
I was so relieved that Fruit didn't win. It was well written but not a story I enjoyed reading. I always find it surprising that books about boys coming of age are thought to be important enough for everyone to read, but books about girls coming of age are considered "chick lit".
No matter what you think of the books, it seems they seem to get eliminated in a really perverse order. I'm like you - after King Leary won last year, I was prepared for the worst this year and was relieved when we didn't have to relive that experience.
My favourite was Mercy Among the Children. Depressing though it was, it was still a good story well told and I felt badly that it went first. I also enjoyed The Outlander right up to the second last sentence but still don't understand the ending.
I also loved The Fat Woman Next Door is Pregnant. I know I'm in the minority here, but I grew up in Montreal in the 1960s, and that book reminded me of home, and of the sense of being part of an extended family that included all the neighbours -- biologically related or not.