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"Memorial" by Bryan Washington has won the second battle of the opening round of the Tournament of Books. "A Children's Bible" by Lydia Millet was the losing book. Unfortunately I never got to read Memorial in time but I did read Millet's book and did enjoy it.

Click the rooster above to see the brackets and how the tournament is going.

The judge for this round was Alexandra Schwartz.

Alexandra Schwartz is a staff writer at the New Yorker, where she writes about books, theatre, and a variety of other subjects that catch her interest. Known connections to this year’s contenders: “I reviewed Luster for the New Yorker, and I’ve also written a piece on Rumaan Alam and his family.”

Click on the book to see my review.

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