The National Book Award shortlist was announced today. Paper Cuts describes it as "interesting and not miserably strange at first glance." The Lydia Davis is the only book on the list that I own, so I'll leave my readers to make their own judgments:
Mischa Berlinski, Fieldwork (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Lydia Davis, Varieties of Disturbance (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End (Little, Brown & Company)
Denis Johnson, Tree of Smoke (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Jim Shepard, Like You'd Understand, Anyway (Alfred A. Knopf)
Oh, and we're vaguely expecting the Nobel Prize in literature to be announced any day now. Any predictions?