Have you been keeping up? Although, I've known about the ToB for years now, this is the first time I've checked in every day of the competition. It's been a lot of fun reading all the judgments and commentary.
As you might recall, I was particularly interested in the matches featuring Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch and Daniel Alarcón's At Night We Walk in Circles. I am happy to report that The Goldfinch has survived the first round and will compete again in the Quarterfinals which, by the way, begin today.
Sadly, Alarcón's book was beat out by Philipp Meyer's The Son. Well, maybe not sadly, as The Son sounds like a terrific book that is right up my alley: "200-year, six-generation-spanning saga of power and blood-reckoning in Texas." At Night We Walk in Circles fought the good fight, and I was glad to have had an excuse to add it to my reading list.
If you've missed any of the matches, you can go back and read all of the outcomes at The Morning News. Quarterfinals wrap up at the end of this week. Then we go into the semifinals, followed by a Zombie Round and finishing up with the championship on March 28. Check back next week to see who takes home the Rooster!
Who are you pulling for?