Recommended – Newer Work

In no particular order:

1. Birds of America – Lorrie Moore

2. This Country of Mothers – Julianna Baggott

3. The Dig – Lynn Emanuel

4. Drown – Junot Diaz

5. My Happy Life – Lydia Millet

6. The Hunters – Claire Messud

7. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen

8. Large Animals in Everyday Life – Wendy Brenner

9. Under the Red Flag – Ha Jin

10. The Land of Green Plums – Herta Muller

11. An Obedient Father – Akhil Sharma

12. Sweet Talk – Stephanie Vaughn

13. Mary and O’Neil – Justin Cronin

14. In the Wilderness – Kim Barnes

15. The Question of Bruno – Aleksandar Hemon

16. Not Where I Started From – Kate Wheeler

17. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles – Haruki Murakami

18. Who Do You Love – Jean Thompson

19. Pagan Time – Micah Perks

20. The Honey Thief – Elizabeth Graver

21. A Feather on the Breath of God – Sigrid Nunez

22. Sentimental, Brokenhearted Rednecks – Greg Bottoms

23. The Sleepover Artist – Thomas Beller

24. Desperate Characters – Paula Fox

25. John Henry Days – Colson Whitehead

26. Trash – Dorothy Allison

27. We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed . . . – Philip Gourevitch

28. Wonder Boys – Michael Chabon

29. A Complicated Situation – Jane Mullen

30. The Point – Charles D’Ambrosio

31. Mariette in Ecstasy – Ron Hansen

32. Like Normal People – Karen Bender

33. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again – David Foster Wallace

34. Emerald City – Jennifer Egan

35. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides

36. Buffalo Soldiers – Robert O’Connor

37. Selected Poems – Stephen Dunn

38. Scar Vegas – Tom Payne

39. Sam the Cat – Matthew Klam

40. Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

41. The Funnies – J. Robert Lennon

42. Vaquita and other stories – Edith Pearlman

43. Suspicious River – Laura Kasischke

44. Rootie Kazootie – Lawrence Naumoff

45. Wolf Whistle – Lewis Nordan

46. Read This and Tell Me What It Says – A. Manette Ansay

47. Fixer Chao – Han Ong

48. Crawling at Night – Nani Power

49. The Gravity of Sunlight – Rosa Shand

50. A Blessing on the Moon – Joseph Skibell

51. Pastoralia – George Saunders

52. Falling Dark – Tim Tharp

53. Halfway Heaven – Melanie Thernstrom

54. Songdogs – Colum McCann

55. Troublemakers – John McNally

56. From the Glittering World – Irvin Morris

57. A Private State – Charlotte Bacon

58. Selected Stories – Alice Munro

59. Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World – Donald Antrim

60. Good Bones and Simple Murders – Margaret Atwood

61. Anonymity – Susan Bergman

62. The Archivist – Martha Cooley

63. Equal Love – Peter Ho Davies

64. The End of Vandalism – Tom Drury

65. City Terrace Field Manual – Seeshu Foster

66. The Undiscovered Country – Samantha Gillison

67. The Safety of Objects – A.M. Homes

68. The Beauty of Men – Andrew Holleran

69. The Pleasing Hour – Lily King

70. The Devil’s Chimney – Anne Landsman

71. Neon Vernacular – Yusef Komunyakaa

72. My Hard Bargain – Walter Kirn

73. In Cuba I was a German Shepherd – Ana Menendez

74. Arrogance – Joanna Scott

75. Thirst – Ken Kalfus

76. Welding with Children – Tim Gautreaux

77. Jesus’ Son – Denis Johnson

78. Always Running – Luis J. Rodriguez

79. Dream State – Moira Crone

80. Angel Angel – April Stevens

81. Light in the Crossing – Kent Meyers

82. Because They Wanted To – Mary Gaitskill

83. The Ice at the Bottom of the World – Mark Richard

84. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby

85. The Foreign Student – Susan Choi

86. The Giant’s House – Elizabeth McCracken

87. Out of the Woods – Chris Offutt

88. The Revolution of Little Girls – Blanche McCrary Boyd

89. In the Company of Angels – N.M. Kelby

90. The Blue Guide to Indiana – Michael Martone

91. Hula – Lisa Shea

92. No Telephone to Heaven – Michelle Cliff

93. Esther Stories – Peter Orner

94. Off Keck Road – Mona Simpson

95. Under the Frog – Tibor Fischer

96. The Girls in the Grass – Melanie Rae Thon

97. Small Craft Warnings – Kate Braverman

98. The Hours – Michael Cunningham

99. That Night – Alice McDermott

100. Blue Angel – Francine Prose

101. Demonology – Rick Moody

102. Across the Wire – Luis Urrea

103. Come to Me – Amy Bloom

104. Motherless Brooklyn – Jonathan Lethem

105. The Devil’s Larder – Jim Crace

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