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by Dana Spiotta
As we've noted in the past, the NBCC seems to do a better job of catching the zeitgeist than other major prizes like the National Book Award and the Booker, which like to play kingmaker by annointing less well known titles.
Dana Spiotta is like Don DeLillo with a vagina, and, wow, that vagina makes all the difference.
There’s something particularly sly about publishing a work of fiction built off someone else’s semi-ironic, private fiction — particularly when that person is the author’s family member.