Best Literary Fiction of 21st Century

A list of the best lit-fic novels / short-story collections of this century.
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491 books · 229 voters · list created July 2nd, 2016 by Tanuj Solanki (votes) .
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message 1: by Tanuj (new)

Tanuj Solanki Very happy to see so many voting on this list. Let's please keep this strictly to literary fiction.


message 2: by Piyush (new)

Piyush Chourasia Tanuj wrote: "Very happy to see so many voting on this list. Let's please keep this strictly to literary fiction."

Did you create this one? I only voted for 3, the ones I felt deserved to be in the reckoning; but this is definitely a good list and features many titles listed in my TBR.


message 3: by Tanuj (new)

Tanuj Solanki Piyush wrote: "Tanuj wrote: "Very happy to see so many voting on this list. Let's please keep this strictly to literary fiction."

Did you create this one? I only voted for 3, the ones I felt deserved to be in th..."


I started it with 14 titles.


message 4: by Piyush (new)

Piyush Chourasia Tanuj wrote: "Piyush wrote: "Tanuj wrote: "Very happy to see so many voting on this list. Let's please keep this strictly to literary fiction."

Did you create this one? I only voted for 3, the ones I felt deser..."


Good. Should provide me with some more reading material. Happy to see no Twilight or 50 Shades of Tripe in top 100.


message 5: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Deleted Terms of Endearment which is from 1975.


message 6: by Dustin (new)

Dustin Excellent list, Aubrey! !


message 7: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey Dustin wrote: "Excellent list, Aubrey! !"

Ha ha, you'll have to thank Tanuj for this one, Dustin. I simply think people should vote on it.


message 8: by Tanuj (new)

Tanuj Solanki Lobstergirl wrote: "Deleted Terms of Endearment which is from 1975."

How does one delete a book from here? I created the list and can't figure how to delete some books that were published in the previous century.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You have to be a GR librarian.


message 10: by Tanuj (new)

Tanuj Solanki Lobstergirl wrote: "Deleted Terms of Endearment which is from 1975."

Please help remove All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy as it was published in the 20th century.


message 11: by BookLovingLady (new)

BookLovingLady Tanuj wrote: "Please help remove All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy as it was published in the 20th century."

Done.


message 12: by Tanuj (new)

Tanuj Solanki Booklovinglady wrote: "Tanuj wrote: "Please help remove All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy as it was published in the 20th century."

Done."


Thank you!

And please help remove Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra - it was published in the 20th century. (Sorry to bother you again)


message 13: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey Tanuj wrote: "Booklovinglady wrote: "Tanuj wrote: "Please help remove All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy as it was published in the 20th century."

Done."

Thank you!

And please help remove Sacred Games b..."


'Sacred Games' was published in 2006, aka after 2666 was. If Bolaño belongs, so does Chandra.


message 14: by BookLovingLady (new)

BookLovingLady Tanuj wrote: "And please help remove Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra - it was published in the 20th century. (Sorry to bother you again)..."

I haven't removed this one, because, like Aubrey said, according to GR is was first published in 2006 (which makes it 21st century).

By the way, if you'd like something removed because it doesn't fit the criteria of a Listopia, do mention the current number of the book as it makes it easier for librarians to find it. Thanks ;-)


message 15: by Tanuj (new)

Tanuj Solanki Aubrey wrote: "Tanuj wrote: "Booklovinglady wrote: "Tanuj wrote: "Please help remove All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy as it was published in the 20th century."

Done."

Thank you!

And please help remove ..."


Sorry, my bad. I somehow remembered (and strongly, in my mind) that it was published in 1996.


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