The leaders have changed. With The Book of Night Women‘s success in the latest TOB match, we still have three leaders, but now I am one of them. By standing pat at five, Lizzy remains at the head of the pack and Christy picks up one to make a third co-leader. Two others (Darren and former leader Chris) trail by only one.
I agree with C. Max Magee’s assessment of both books and his decision. Both works are flawed, but the shortcomings of The Book of Night Women are more forgivable given its scope. The prose of Moore’s work is probably better, but writing an entire book in believable dialect (compare to The Help, ughh) is no small feat. Besides, the story told in The Book of Night Women is more gripping and, while there is some slack in the plot, James did a much better job of staying focused on a unifying, cohesive theme. Moore’s work simply fell apart and became, for me anyway, an entirely different work at the end from what it had been at the start. As has been pointed out before, it felt like a mashup of short stories rather than a well-managed novel.
Bottom line: I am pleased with the result on two counts.