I'm not that keen on competitions because, you know, we should all be in the moment, work for the sake of the work, take what we can from any experience without thoughts of winners and losers. Yes, I am like that.
But this year, The Ring of Solomon is a contender, and I'd like to see it do well. I also appreciate the fact that both As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth and The Cardturner are included because they are both unusual, nontrendy, even mature reads, in a nonsexual, nondeath and dying sort of way. (The organizers must have thought they were similar in some way, too, since they will be competing against each other.)
So I'll be paying attention this year, at least so long as my favorites are still in the running.
Liz B.'s post won me over.