Great 21st Century American Novels You've Maybe Never Heard Of/haven't Read Yet
Well, @kevan, thanks for requesting, but it's hard enough to recommend fiction without also guessing what you have or haven't heard of. But here's a start. Others can add.
- •Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers (2013).The New York art scene, Italian history, truth and fiction. I can't stop thinking about it.
- •Ben Lerner, Leaving the Atocha Station (2011) and 10:04 (2014).There's a lot to say about them, for better and worse, but they're definitely worth reading. He's one of the most compellingly articulate people I've ever met (and that's saying something, because I know people like @bjnovak) and he talks like his novels.
- •Tobias Wolff, Old School (2002).Worst/most confusing title, but perfect short novel about private school kids and what they write.
- •Jonathan Lethem, The Fortress of Solitude (2003).Maybe too well-known for this list? But great: vast, intimate, Brooklyn, race, art.
- •Adelle Waldman, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P (2013).A cringe-inducing portrait of an intellectual of our generation (Jewish day school, Harvard). Really incisive and made me nauseous.
- •Atticus Lish, Preparation for the Next Life (2014)Beautifully written, deeply felt social novel that covers lots of Big Issues without ever feeling didactic. Also just a great New York novel.Suggested by @gcowles