I'll take this list as a sign of positive things:
The Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai
Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
What is the What? - Dave Eggers
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
The Lay of the Land - Richard Ford
It would be easy to talk about what's missing from this list (The Echo Maker, The Dead Fish Museum) but these are all books that were well received and well reviewed. I might even call them 'important' books. It means nothing about the future of these books. Lord knows we could look at past nominees and even winners and wonder what in the world that circle of critics was thinking.
If anything it at least means more sales for these book, and that is a good thing.
McCarthy, Eggers up for critics awards (AP)