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Monday, May 15, 2006

The Best American fiction



What Is the Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years?

By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: May 21, 2006

Early this year, the Book Review's editor, Sam Tanenhaus, sent out a short letter to a couple of hundred prominent writers, critics, editors and other literary sages, asking them to please identify "the single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years." Following are the results.



THE WINNER:
Beloved

Toni Morrison
(1987)


THE RUNNERS-UP:
Underworld

Don DeLillo

(1997)


Blood Meridian

Cormac McCarthy

(1985)


Rabbit Angstrom: The Four Novels

John Updike


American Pastoral

Philip Roth

(1997)


THE FOLLOWING BOOKS ALSO RECEIVED MULTIPLE VOTES:
A Confederacy of Dunces

John Kennedy Toole

(1980)


Housekeeping

Marilynne Robinson

(1980)

(This book was not reviewed by The Times.)

Winter's Tale

Mark Helprin

(1983)

* Review

White Noise

Don DeLillo

(1985)


The Counterlife

Philip Roth

(1986)


Libra

Don DeLillo

(1988)



Where I'm Calling From

Raymond Carver

(1988)


The Things They Carried

Tim O'Brien

(1990)



Mating

Norman Rush

(1991)


Jesus' Son

Denis Johnson

(1992)


Operation Shylock

Philip Roth

(1993)


Independence Day

Richard Ford

(1995)


Sabbath's Theater

Philip Roth

(1995)



Border Trilogy

Cormac McCarthy

(1999)


The Human Stain

Philip Roth

(2000)


The Known World

Edward P. Jones

(2003)


The Plot Against America

Philip Roth

(2004)




I think the Things They Carried is just phenomenal, one of my favorite books ever.

I wonder what people think the best non-fiction book of the last 25 years would be?

My top five:

The Prize

Daniel Yergin


Battle Cry of Freedom

James McPherson


Parting the Waters

Taylor Branch


Into Thin Air

Jon Krakauer


An Army at Dawn

Rick Atkinson

posted by Steve @ 3:38:00 AM

3:38:00 AM

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