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Surprise result.

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I think that most people, myself included, would have picked "Shuggie Bain" by Douglas Stuart to have defeated "Telephone" by Percival Everett in todays round of the Tournament of Books. With Shuggie Bain winning last years Booker Prize and being universally loved, many people had it as a favorite for the Tournament. Having said that I did enjoy Telephone as well.

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The judge for this round was Rachelle Hampton.

Rachelle Hampton is a culture writer and reporter at Slate. Her work has appeared in the New Republic, Pacific Standard, Smithsonian Magazine, and In These Times. Known connections to this year’s contenders: “Rumaan Alam and I both work at Slate.”

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