1. Through Black Spruce - Joseph Boyden
2. Good to a Fault - Marina Endicott
3. Barnacle Love - Anthony De Sa
4. Cockroach - Rawi Hage
5. The Boys in the Trees - Mary Swan
So I agree with the judges, who also chose Through Black Spruce as the top book of the year. It was a brilliant book, and I have since purchased Boyden's first book, Three Day Road, and look forward to reading it - watch for future postings. And the story and characters of Good to a Fault have stayed with me beyond the first reading - I will probably go back and re-read it in the future - the sign of a good book.
Interesting to note that two of the shortlisted books this year deal with the "Immigrant Experience".
And I am doing my very best to forget The Boys in the Trees. It has not grown on me with time.
This year, I should try to read all of the books after the shortlist is compiled, before the winner is announced!