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New York magazine handicaps the 2005 National Book Award finalists:

Veronica by Mary Gaitskill: 4 to 1
Trance by Christopher Sorrentino: 7 to 1
Holy Skirts by René Steinke: 9 to 1
Europe Central by William T. Vollmann: 10 to 1
The March by E. L. Doctorow: 5 to 2

Check out the article for not just the odds, you degenerate gamblers, but also a bit of details on the author’s baggage and cheering section for each entry.