Book lists are humbling things. Here’s a list of the 21st Century’s Greatest Novels, taken from the BBC’s Culture page. This list was compiled by a critics poll comprising several dozen book critics from The New York Times, Time magazine, Newsday, Bookslut, The Millions, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews and many others. I’ve read three of these, Middlesex, Atonement and The Corrections. Of course, I’m still working on the best from the 20th Century! How about you?
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007), by Junot Diaz
- The Known World (2003), by Edward P. Jones
- Wolf Hall (2009), by Hilary Mantel
- Gilead (2004), by Marilynne Robinson
- The Corrections (2001), by Jonathan Franzen
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000), by Michael Chabon
- A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010), by Jennifer Egan
- Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2012), by Ben Fountain
- Atonement (2001), by Ian McEwan
- Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- White Teeth (2000), by Zadie Smith
- Middlesex (2002), by Jeffrey Eugenides
Thanks for visiting and thanks to Fran for posting this list! Be sure to check out the above BBC link to learn more about each of these books.
As for me, I just finished reading The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck. A review of this 20th Century classic coming soon…