Posted by: oneyearbook | April 6, 2009

Contest winner

I promised I would announce the contest winner, and, not one to skimp on my responsibilities, so I shall.

The following titles were submitted by the four entrants in the contest as worthy first-person novels:

The Other, David Guterson

Netherland, Joseph O’Neill

First person

First person

The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill

The Almost Archer Sisters, Lisa Gabrielle

She’s Come Undone (among others), Wally Lamb

Everything is Illluminated, Jonathan Safran Foer

Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen

White Oleander, Janet Fitch

First person

First person

Monkey Beach, Eden Robinson

Fugitive Pieces, Anne Michaels

The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

The Beach, Alex Garland

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, David Eggers

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving

A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mmistry

First person

First person

The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

A most satisfying list. I originally said I’d pick the winner but I thought all the entries had something going for them so I’ve written the names on slips of paper and the boyfriend will draw from from a hat. To those of you who do not win, don’t despair – I will be offering similarly easy contests with similarly exciting prizes in the future! Probably as early as next week!

Okay, so the draw is over and the commenter known as ‘Mother’ is the winner. (This is, in fact, my mother.) You can pick up your prize just as soon as I acquire a working printer! Everybody else, come back and try again soon.



  1. the fix is in!

    • Yes – perhaps in the future all immediate relatives of the author should be forbidden from entering contests? Anyways, now that she has won she can’t win again for the next one at the very least.

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