The official verdict is not yet up. If it does not go my way, you can come back to witness my wailing and gnashing of teeth. I will need to find sackcloth. Is a feed sack good or do I actually need sackcloth, a material with which I really am not that familiar?
But Lowboy should win this. Wray is a respected writer. His book has a nice cover.
The Help should not win. It does for novels and serious issues what Lifetime television does for novels and serious issues. Plenty of people watch, but is it really deepening our understanding of the issues? Yes, I am officially anti-The Help. I am rooting against it. This may seem mean-spirited; you should never cheer against a book. And be sure, I am rooting against the book, not Ms. Stockett. She is no doubt a lovely person. Her writing career is set; her stacks of money are piled high. And I would not take any of that away from her. Well, maybe the $10 I spent on the Kindle edition of her book, but I am happy for her to keep the rest. I wish her health, success, and even greater fortunes. I hope her next book is better. Much better.
But I want The Help recognized for what it is (in my very objective and not at all subjective or debatable opinion): Lifetime television in print. Only the dialogue is more poorly rendered.