Critics have not been kind to Alice Sebold’s The Almost Moon (Little, Brown), which Entertainment Weekly and New York magazine ranked among the worst books of 2007.
But is its prose worse than that of Holly Peterson’s The Manny? Both novels have made the shortlist for the 2008 Delete Key Awards for the year’s worst writing in books. Which – if any – of the lines below deserves to become one of the winners?
From Alice Sebold’s The Almost Moon:
“And there it was, the hole that had given birth to me.… This was not the first time I’d been face-to-face with my mother’s genitalia.”
From Holly Peterson’s The Manny:
“We’re in the modern era, baby, you spoiled, Jurassic, archaic, Waspy piece of petrified wood!”
“He was munching furiously on his prey, like an African lion with a freshly caught zebra.”
(Guess which part of the body the “prey” is.)
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