Shadow Country v. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks – The Morning News

What the hell? I’m not a seasoned reader of young adult novels, and although I tended to find myself nodding along with parts of Caitlin Flanagan’s essay in December’s Atlantic, I don’t bear any involuntary grudges against the genre. YA, literary, crime, thriller—genres are merely marketing in the end. I want only to be engrossed in something well-made and complicated.

Go here to read the whole of Anthony Doerr‘s decision on the match between Peter Matthiessen’s Shadow Country and E. Lockhart’s  The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks at The Tournament of Books and here to read the commentary and comments on that decision.  Till this year, all the contenders for TOB have been adult literary works, but this time they threw (and that probably is the operative word) a YA novel into the mix.

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One response to “Shadow Country v. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks – The Morning News

  1. hope

    I also want to be engrossed in something well made and complicated. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is an example. But sometimes I want something well-made and perfect in its simplicity, for example Tuck Everlasting. I’d hate to have to value them against each other.

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