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I'm still tabulating the results of my alt.list poll.

But I'm able to release the front runners.

The top contenders among works are:

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Peace Like A River by Leif Enger
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

The top contenders among authors are:

Don DeLillo
John Irving
Leif Enger
Marilynne Robinson
Paul Auster
Richard Russo


Richard Mason said...

I'm sorry to say that I have not read much more of this than of the New York Times list.

My wife is a big fan of A Prayer for Owen Meany and I can easily believe it is a contender.

I read the first half of The New York Trilogy but lost patience with it. It seemed like an achingly dull puzzle.

Maureen said...

I've only read one of the books on this list: Empire Falls by Richard Russo. It also happens to be one of the books that I nominated. Gilead and Peace Like A River are on my TBR pile.

I have to say that I'm really pleased Richard Russo's book is among the top contenders. It is definitely a great American novel and deserves to be on the list.

Thanks for sharing a list of the front runners. It will be interesting to see the complete list when you've finished tabulating the results.

Richard Mason said...

From the delay in tabulation, I can only infer that you are using Microsoft Excel.