***My 2011 Book of the Year***
Getting Off, by Lawrence Block.
Kitt Toliver may be the most sympathetic sociopath/serial killer ever created. Only Lawrence Block could make me cheer for the bad seed. Getting Off kept me up all night, and that is no exaggeration.
Best work of Literary Fiction: A Week As Andrea Benstock, by Lawrence Block. I loved the title character, Andrea. I hated her. I pitied her. I wanted to wring her misguided neck. Above all, I understood her. Mr. Block may not consider this a work of literary fiction, but I do. A Week As Andrea Benstock is a masterpiece.
Best Romance Novel: Winter Woman, by Jenna Kernan. I’ve never been a big fan of frontier fiction, but I devoured this book. So much of what I read today is formulaic. Winter Woman is about as far from a formulaic romance as you can get. This was a recommendation from my gal, Penny, over at Penny Romance. It gets a big rec from me.
Best One-Book Wonder: lullabies for little criminals, by Heather O’Neill. A unique story of family and dysfunction told in a unique voice by a child narrator. A great book. Many thanks to author Stacey Espino for turning me onto this book.
Best Non-Fiction: The Hidden Reality, Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos, by Brian Greene. I’m a huge fan of nonfiction, but this was not my best nonfiction year. However, Brian Greene did not disappoint. He manages to make physics and cosmology comprehensible, even for idiots like me. If you have any interest in understanding what Sheldon is talking about on The Big Bang Theory, this is the book for you!
Contest entrants: I’ll announce the winners for both the Stuff Your Stockings Blog Hop and my own giveaway late Monday!