The end of the year is approaching. Have you made your “Best of” lists yet? Geraldine Brooks was working on hers early this year, as the editor of Best American Short Stories 2011. Here’s what she told me about assembling the collection, which she was working on when I interviewed her in April about her novel Caleb’s Crossing.
“I’ve made my choices! Which was excruciatingly difficult in the end. And now I’m writing the essay—that was what I was doing when I picked up the phone actually. I’ve got them all scattered at my feet now and I’m looking down and remembering what the very specific pleasures of each one was. It was a wonderful exercise, because I started it with a high heart and finished it in a complete state of moral collapse!”
Brooks chose 20 out of about 120 stories submitted for her review by the committee, including works from Jennifer Egan, Tom Bissell, Elizabeth McCracken and more.
You can win a copy of this book—and two others from the Best American collection, The Best American Sports Writing 2011 and the Best American Essays—by entering this survey and telling us what your favorite book of 2011 was. (The book you choose must have been published in 2011, so please don’t tell us it was The Help!) We’ll be using your answers to compile a reader’s top 20 books of 2011 list, like we did last year. Go forth and enter!
(By the way, though you have to fill out this survey to enter the contest, feel free to chat amongst yourselves in the comments about your favorite book of 2011—we love reading what you have to say!)
ETA: Congratulations to our winner, Jennifer! Her favorite book of 2011 was The Night Circus!
Thank you to all who entered! Contest is now closed.