Literary Hub, one of the most interesting sites I visit regularly, has issued its list of the Twenty Best Novels of this Decade.
JENNIFER EGAN, A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD (2010)
DAVID MITCHELL, THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET (2010)
DENIS JOHNSON, TRAIN DREAMS (2011)
JULIE OTSUKA, THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC (2011)
TÉA OBREHT, THE TIGER’S WIFE (2011)
JESMYN WARD, SALVAGE THE BONES (2012)
RACHEL KUSHNER, THE FLAMETHROWERS (2013)
MIRIAM TOEWS, ALL MY PUNY SORROWS (2014)
JENNY OFFILL, DEPT. OF SPECULATION (2014)
PAUL BEATTY, THE SELLOUT (2015)
VIET THANH NGUYEN, THE SYMPATHIZER (2015)
HANYA YANAGIHARA, A LITTLE LIFE (2015)
N. K. JEMISIN, THE FIFTH SEASON (2015)
RACHEL CUSK, OUTLINE (2015)
COLSON WHITEHEAD, THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD (2016)
ADAM HASLETT, IMAGINE ME GONE (2016)
RICHARD POWERS, THE OVERSTORY (2018)
HERNAN DÍAZ, IN THE DISTANCE (2018)
SUSAN CHOI, TRUST EXERCISE (2019)
ANNA BURNS, MILKMAN (2019)
I have to admit that I have not read a single one of them, nor, indeed, any of the eighteen “near misses” that are also listed. Given the amount that I read, I am rather surprised that that is true. But then again, I rarely buy new books due to costs, relying instead on our excellent library system.
This is a fascinating reading list and I will now turn to the VPL and see how many of these I can get read in the next 12 months.
Given the breadth of my interests I am surprised that the only author & book I recognize after a quick scan is Colson Whitehead. I am taken aback and feel like such a slacker.
I know what you mean!