Perhaps this is true in fiction writing, as well. Or, perhaps giving the reader the sense of being right or fulfilled is the purpose.
Either way, I have enjoyed trying to tackle the long list of the Man Booker "Dozen." Since not all of the books were available through interlibrary loan - and I'm not big on buying books that I'm unsure of - I wasn't able to read all of them. Still, here are my nominations for the short list, in favorite order:
1. "A Case of Exploding Mangoes" - Mohammed Hanif (I'm betting this will win... or at least hoping it tops Rushdie).
2. "A Fraction of the Whole" - Steve Toltz
3. "The White Tiger" - Aravind Adiga
"Netherland" - Joseph O'Neill
The "not this time, but you made the long list, so well played":
1. "Child 44" - Tom Rob Smith
2. "The Secret Scripture" - Sebastian Barry
I will be proved right or wrong on the short list on September 9; meanwhile, I've moved on in my reading to recommendations by other bloggers and will revisit the short list at a later date - after finishing my own writing, teaching, and parenting responsibilities (ha).