The results are in! Yes, the “real” Man Booker short list gets revealed on Tuesday, but that’s only what those “official” judges think. I think our list is going to be at least as good. I was surprised to find that we didn’t struggle much to come up with this list — no feuds began or friendships ended (at least I don’t think so…). Yes, we did disagree about many of the books, but the results seemed almost inevitable after six weeks of reading and discussing the possibilities. We got to know each other’s opinions well.
Or maybe I feel like everything went smoothly largely because the group short list is remarkably similar to my own personal short list. In fact, five of the books are the same, and the sixth I could easily have switched out to make them completely the same. I don’t think this has to do with any superior powers of insight or persuasion on my part, though; I just happened to hold opinions two or three other people held often enough to get my way most of the time.
So! Here’s the list, in alphabetical order by author:
- The Sellout, by Paul Beatty
- The North Water, by Ian McGuire
- The Many, by Wyl Menmuir
- Eileen, by Ottessa Moshfegh
- My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout
- All That Man Is, by David Szalay
The only change from my list is to include The North Water instead of Hot Milk. But I like this list just fine. What do you think?