What would a starter list of "100 Great Novels of the 21st century" look like in 2014?

March 18, 2014 § 4 Comments

Almost six years ago, I wrote a post about “100 20th Century Fictions:  A Starter List,” where I listed 100 books (without any ranking) that I thought deserved such a lofty consideration.  At the time, I did not consider it to be a “definitive” list (such things never really should be anything more than a gauge of a particular person/group’s thoughts on a particular day), but rather as something meant to stoke curiosity.  If I were constructing such a list today, there would be several changes made to reflect my reading in the interim (more non-Anglo-American literature and certainly more women writers).

But what about more recent literature?  If I were to construct a list of 50/100 “21st Century Fictions” as a starter list for discussion, what works would you reasonably expect to be listed there?  Would the criteria differ due to a relative lack of influence on other writers/works?  Would certain styles and themes be emphasized more?  I might take a stab at this over the weekend, but I am curious to see which works should be considered for any such sort of list (who knows, it might lead to myself or others to investigating what is listed!). 

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§ 4 Responses to What would a starter list of "100 Great Novels of the 21st century" look like in 2014?

  • Anonymous says:

    Some books that could be up for discussion-

    Wolf Hall-Hilary Mantel
    Winter's Bone/The Death Of Sweet Mister-Daniel Woodrell
    The Folding Knife-KJ Parker
    Never Let Me Go-Kazou Ishiguru
    Cloud Atlas-David Mitchell
    Under The Skin-Michael Faber

    Nearly Headless Ned.

  • Bill says:

    Can't argue with the ishiguro or Faber!

    A few more suggestions:

    Samuel Delany, the motion of light on water
    Dennis Cooper, ugly man
    Brian Evenson, fugue state
    Gary Lutz, stories in the worst way
    Joy Williams, honored guest
    Stanley Crawford, the log of the as the Mrs. Unguentine

    Bill

  • Bill says:

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  • Who Shall Fear Death
    The Help (yes not a typo🙂
    A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

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