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The NYTBR Best Books: Why Thomas Mallon Voted for “Underworld”

By Thomas Mallon

As part of our efforts to uncover The Rest of The Best, we've been contacting the judges to ask what they voted for, and why. Here's Thomas Mallon:

“Sure, you can reveal my vote. It was UNDERWORLD, a book I had very complicated feelings about. Its amplitude and ambition seemed commensurate with the designation the poll wanted to make. And yet, I confess: if I'd known the RABBIT quartet was eligible, I'd have voted for it, since I think RABBIT REDUX is Updike's greatest book and one of the really great novels of the last 50 years.”

— Thomas Mallon.