From this post on Writers Block ( http://www.the-writers-block.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2006 )
Today, I got an e-mail from Grub Street - Claire Messud has won a Massachusetts Book Award for Emperor's Children, which I can promise you doesn't speak for all Massachusetts readers. Out of curiosity, I read some of it, and couldn't believe it -- some of the worst-written sentences I'd ever seen.
What really makes me mad is the fact that Amazon deleted every single customer review about the book, and the majority were one stars. The thread was loaded with readers complaining about every facet of it, from the horrible prose to the moronic characters to the pathetic "plot" ....
In the past, I've relied on Amazon to post customer reviews that told the truth. It appears they've been compromised. Search and search in google, try to find one single reviewer telling the truth about Emperor's Children. From Slate to NYT to Salon to SF Chronicle--they are in lock step. The Messud novel is praised to the point of absurdity.
It's so depressing!