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Top 10 Books in the Last 25 Years

Really? I have to pick 10? And it’s limited to the last 25? This could be an excruciatingly difficult exercise, so I’m just going to throw it out there knowing that in the near future titles will occur to me and my list will require revisiting.

But it’s fun, so I’ll play.

Here we go, in no particular order -

  1. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  2. Ship Fever: Stories by Andrea Barrett
  3. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  4. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  5. Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
  6. My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard
  7. The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
  8. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  9. Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
  10. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

So that’s 10, but right away I’m realizing that Zadie Smith isn’t up there, so I have to add one —

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

and one more —

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson

I would also add more Lahiri (The Lowland, Unaccustomed Earth) and more Barrett (Servants of the Map, Voyage of the Narwhal).

Oh, and this one, just for fun -

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber (a sprawling dirty Dickensian thing).

Beloved by Toni Morrison should be here, but that was 29 years ago. (And Sula and The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon.)

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.

I should stop now. I feel like I’m cheating.

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